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dog-skincare

Dog Skin Care

Skin infections and skin allergies are common problems in dogs and they can be very frustrating to control. If they suffer from skin infections or allergies it is very important to feed a high-quality diet prescribed by one of our veterinarians. Medications may also be prescribed if your dog has a flare-up. All dogs can be affected by skin problems; however, some breeds are more susceptible due to their genetics. Contact Lomsnes Veterinary Hospital for information on how to treat your dog and keep their skin healthy.

What are the causes, symptoms, and diagnosis of bacterial skin infections?

Bacterial skin infections can become a serious problem to the overall health of your dog, which means you need to seek veterinary care at the first sign of a bacterial skin infection. Signs of a bacterial skin infection are red inflamed skin, weeping sores, pimples and bleeding lesions. Bacterial skin infections are painful, and you might see your dog licking at their skin or crying when their skin is touched. They can occur for many reasons such as trauma, cuts, dog bites, cat bites, parasites like ticks and fleas, and even a weak immune system. We will perform a complete examination and if needed, other tests to determine what the best treatment protocol is for your dog. If your dog is experiencing any of these symptoms, do not wait; contact Lomsnes Veterinary Hospital to make an appointment to help your dog’s skin infection.

What are the causes, symptoms and treatment for ringworms?

Ringworm is a fungal infection of the skin and not a parasite. The fungus causes a circular red patch or lesion and with treatment, it will go away in about 21 days. Ringworm is contagious to other animals and this includes humans. Care must be taken to treat your dog immediately to prevent further spread of infection. Contact Lomsnes Veterinary Hospital immediately if you suspect your dog has ringworm.

What are the causes and treatment for allergic skin diseases?

Skin allergies are a common problem and are caused for many reasons like food allergies, environmental allergies, medication or herb reactions, parasites like fleas and lice, and many more. Skin allergy symptoms include skin sores, hair loss, ongoing ear infections, weeping eyes, odour from the skin, and constant scratching. Treatment involves eliminating the cause of the allergy, but this is sometimes very difficult to determine. However, the faster you treat the skin allergy the better chance you have to resolve this problem. Your veterinarian will set up a treatment plan that might involve changing your dog’s food to a veterinary diet exclusively for allergies, specific shampoos and conditioners, supplements and even medication. Contact Lomsnes Veterinary Hospital to ask how we can help stop your dog from suffering from skin allergies.

What are the causes and treatment for parasitic skin diseases?

Parasites such as ticks, lice, fleas and heartworm are becoming an increasing problem in Central Alberta and because ticks can carry Lyme disease we believe prevention is the best medicine. Heartworm is a worm that affects your dog’s heart causing heart failure. You can protect your dog from these dangerous parasites by contacting Lomsnes Veterinary Hospital. Veterinary prescribed medication must be the only medication used on your pet. Store bought products can be toxic and are not tested to have the same efficacy and safety standards as veterinary medications.

What are the causes and treatment for hormonal skin diseases?

Hormonal skin disease presents as hair loss, skin sores, skin bruising, thin and friable skin, and a brittle and a dull hair coat. Hormonal skin diseases can occur because of abnormal sexual hormones in unneutered males and unspayed females. This skin disease is quickly fixed by neutering or spaying your dog. Other hormonal skin diseases involve endocrine problems like thyroid and adrenal gland abnormalities. At Lomsnes Veterinary Hospital we will perform a wellness exam and blood work to determine the cause and provide you with the best treatment plan for your dog.

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Dear Clients,

Our region is seeing increased cases of Covid-19 and as a result, more stringent pandemic response measures have been put in place by our government. To ensure that we follow these new protocols, our veterinary hospital is returning to a Closed-Door Policy effective immediately.

1. WE CAN SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

To book an appointment, please call 403-342-6040 or email info@lomsnesvet.ca. Due to higher than normal call volume, we may be busy with other clients and patients. Please leave us a message or send us an email and we will get back to you as soon as possible. We appreciate your patience as we do our best to accommodate everyone's needs.

2. SAFETY MEASURES FOR APPOINTMENTS

3. PAYMENT METHODS

Credit/Debit cards are the preferred payment method.

4. CHANGES TO CURBSIDE PICKUP

With the cold weather approaching we will be changing our curbside pickup protocol:

  1. For the purchase of food, treats and/or medications please call at least an hour ahead of time, and your order will be prepared. Prepaying over the phone is recommended.
  2. Our main door will be open for purchase/pickup of food, treats and medications only.
  3. Masks are mandatory in hospital at all times. No exceptions. Please use our hand sanitizer in the clinic.
  4. Maximum of two people in the reception area at all times.
  5. If you have not already prepaid, you will pay for your order at the reception desk. Please maintain social distancing while in the clinic and do not wander throughout the clinic.
  6. Your order will be ready with your name on it. Once you have paid for your order at the reception desk, you can pick it up on your way out.

*Please note, only one person per family is allowed in the building to pick up items.

5. ONLINE ORDERING 

Online shopping is available for your pet from the comfort of your own home 24/7. Your order will be delivered directly to your home! Visit our website and click on "Online Store" to register. It’s that easy!

6. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

7. NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

8. OPERATION HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sunday: CLOSED

We will always be here, so your pet will continue to receive the care they deserve. With this new system, we will provide our medical services without compromising the health and safety of our dedicated team members. This protocol may take longer; however, it is something we have to do to keep our community safe. With that in mind, please be extra patient and kind to our team members. These circumstances place added responsibilities and stress on all of us.

These measures are temporary and we will reassess as time goes on. Please keep a lookout for any further updates from our team. Together, we can all help in stopping the spread of Covid-19. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call us at 403-342-6040. Please note that we are receiving more calls than usual. We apologize for any delays that you may experience when reaching out to us.

Your dedicated team at Lomsnes Veterinary Hospital