Dermatology Services for Pets

Sometimes our pets can be so shaggy it’s hard to see what lies beneath all their fur. However, with many years in the field, our veterinarians and groomers will notice if they’re experiencing hair loss, irritation or any kind of skin problem. Dermatology focuses on the condition and treatment of your pet’s skin and fur. We provide specialized dermatological services to all our patients, including allergy testing and desensitization treatments. To learn more about how we can help your pet, call us at 780.444.1324.

How do I know if my pet needs medical attention?

A major sign is constant scratching and bald patches. Other symptoms of dermatological problems are itching, licking and gnawing (which can indicate fleas, food allergies or stress). In addition, losing their fur may be a sign of poor nutrition, ringworm or Cushing’s disease.

Can I treat my pet from home?

You can incorporate certain products to their at-home grooming routine to help keep them looking and feeling great. Taking vigilant care of your pet’s skin can help you prevent or quickly detect medical conditions. You can also improve their skincare routine by using colloidal oatmeal shampoo. Oatmeal contains anti-inflammatory properties that soothes sore spots. It also moisturizes itchy skin. After their baths (or dances in the rain) ensure they’re fully dry. Dogs can develop hot spots in moist areas. This can occur in thick areas of fur or from excessive licking. If your cat or dog’s skin irritation continues to bother them, make an appointment with us and we’ll prescribe antibiotics and search for allergies.

What happens during a dermatological appointment?

When you bring your pet in for an appointment our veterinarians will do a physical examination. They will inspect and take scrapings from their ears, paws and bellies. This is an opportunity for us to discuss where their skin is irritated and for how long. After we get results, we can usually diagnose your pet’s condition and provide the appropriate treatment. We may prescribe antibiotics, ointments, and suggest an increase in your visits to monitor their improvement.

Date: Sept 17, 2021

Dear valued clients,

As you are aware, 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 controls, our veterinary practice is returning to limited clinic access as well as drop off appointments with communications being over the phone or through a protective shield.

The details of this protocol are outlined below:

1. Clients are allowed only in the reception area, limited to 3 clients in at once, and 1 client in our cubicle. No clients will be allowed in the exam rooms with their pet at this time unless under special circumstances.

2. Pets MUST be in a carrier or in a proper fitting harness and leash. Aggressive dogs must arrived with a proper fitting muzzle. If you do not have any of these please ask for them.

3. You must remain in your vehicle, or at least 6 feet away from our doors, while we treat your pet unless instructed otherwise.

4. You must have a phone with you at your appointment so that we can contact you about your pet. If we cannot contact you and obtain consent to treat your pet, your appointment will be delayed, which will delay others.

5. Unfortunately, only 1 person will be allowed in the exam room for attended euthanasias.

6. Please allow up to 72 hours for your medications to be refilled, as well as messages to be returned by your veterinarian.

7. If you are exempt from wearing a mask, we won't know that until you come to the front desk to inform us. It is standard that our staff members ask everyone to wear a mask. Please do not be offended by this. We will find another way to accommodate you and your pet.

Our number one priority is client and staff safety while your pet continues to receive the care they deserve.

With this system, we hope to provide our medical services without compromising the health and safety of our dedicated team members.

With that in mind we thank you for your kindness and patience with us in advance as these circumstances place added responsibilities and stress on all of us.

These measures are temporary and we will reassess as new information is released. Please keep a lookout for any further updates from our team.

Together we can all help stop the spread of COVID-19.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call us at 780-444-1324.

Please note that we are receiving more calls than usual. We apologize for any delays that you might experience when reaching out to us.

- The Team at Parkwest Pet Clinic.