We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.


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.


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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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

The following changes are effective as of Monday, March 23, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 905.689.8005. We will open the door and bring you and your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We ask 1 client per pet please. Once the examination is finished, the Doctor will either call you or come out to talk to you to discuss the treatment etc for your pet. For those who do not have a mobile phone, an easy knock at the door will work the same way!

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. The animal hospital is still OPEN with the following hours: Monday- Friday: 8:00am - 6pm, Saturday: 9:00am - 1:00pm, & Closed on Sundays.

4. Country Tails Doggie Daycare and our Grooming Salon are closed until further notice.

5. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.

6. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

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

8. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at Clappison Animal Hospital