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My Pet is ITCHY!

Licking, Scratching, Biting & Rubbing – The Itchy Dog

Every year we see many dogs with the same complaint…they are itchy. For some animals it is the first time that the symptoms have been bad enough to mention it to the vet. For others it is the same-old-same-old every year.

So, what is causing your dog to itch?

There can be many reasons. It can be as simple as mild seasonal environmental allergies, or the diagnosis can be very complicated and elusive, requiring diagnostic procedures such as skin scrapings, thyroid blood testing and food allergen avoidance trials.

How do I make the scratching stop?

The first thing to do is to remedy the cause of the itch (if it can be determined). If it is related to skin parasites, the right medication can often clear these from your pet quickly. Bacterial infections may create itching, so a course of oral or topical antibiotics may be used, and a strictfood allergen trial may put an end to diet related scratching/chewing. If the itch persists after we have shortened the list, then consideration can be given for use of antihistamines, prednisone and other medications which ‘calm’ the immune system from its over-reactive state. Other therapies such as omega 3 fatty acids, medicated shampoos and topical products designed to reduce allergen entry into the skin can be helpful.

Please call us if you would like some help determining the cause of your pet’s itch, and how best to manage it.

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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.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

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

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

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

6. GROOMING SERVICES

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.

7. COUNTRY TAILS DOGGIE DAYCARE

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