Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.

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Dog Skin Care

All species of dogs have skin but unfortunately, some dogs have more difficulty with their skin than others. The condition of your dog’s skin is a good indicator of your dog’s health. Skin concerns can vary in several forms from acute to chronic and even be long lasting for a lifetime of treatments.

Canine skin diseases can be broken down even further to primary and secondary in nature and sometimes this makes getting a diagnosis harder. Our team of veterinarians will discuss many different options you have to help make a diagnosis for your dog.

Causes, symptoms & diagnosis of bacterial skin infections?

Bacterial skin infections can have many different factors causing them. They are very the primary issue, allergic skin disease can be a predisposing factor, as well as they can get a foothold in warm, moist areas of the body.

Signs that dog may have had a bacterial infection are hair loss, increased scratching, rash, open sores and sometimes an odour.

What are the causes, symptoms and treatment for ringworms?

Ringworm is a fungal skin infection, that can be picked up by animals from the environment. It is not a common condition.

Symptoms are thin hair or hairless patches with grey scaly patches seen around the face and ears but can be anywhere on the body.

Treatment can be the use of topical or oral antifungals. Treatment also could involve clipping of hair and multiple baths in an antifungal shampoo.

What are the causes and treatment for allergic skin diseases?

There can be several causes of allergic skin disease. Some to note are environmental, for example; pollens, contact to materials or fabrics or even a food ingredient.

Treatment will vary depending on these might be a diet change, allergy medications or desensitization injections.

What are the causes and treatment for parasitic skin diseases?

Parasitic disease is normally caused by demodectic or sarcoptic mange. These are microscopic eight-legged parasites that can cause severe hair loss and itch. Treatment can either be topical or oral medications.

What are the causes and treatment for hormonal skin diseases?

Hormonal skin diseases can be caused by Cushing’s disease or thyroid disease. Certain testing will be recommended by your vet to make a proper diagnosis.

Treatment for these two conditions if diagnosed in your dog will be tailored by your veterinarian.


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What lies beneath... the Benefits of Dental Radiographs

There are many signs of dental disease such as tartar, gingivitis, bleeding, not eating. Sometimes your veterinarian can see a tooth that’s loose or that the enamel is damaged. The tricky part is that teeth are like little icebergs and much of the tooth is below the gum line.

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Last updated: June 1, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 15, 2020 some restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.


This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!



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


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.


We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday to Friday: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm


If your pet requires grooming, please give us a call and we will put your name on a list. Our groomer Stephanie will contact you directly to schedule an appointment.


As of Tuesday, May 19, 2020, Country Tails Doggie Daycare is open! Their temporary hours of operation are 8:00 am - 6:00 pm. You may get touch with one of our daycare team members at (905) 690-8005 or at countrytails@clappisonvet.com

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Clappison Animal Hospital