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.

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Dog Skin Care

The skin is the body’s largest organ. Proper care is vital to the overall well-being of your dog.

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


When a dog’s skin is cut or wounded there is an increased risk of infection. Pyoderma refers to a bacterial infection of the skin that is very common in dogs. Symptoms include itchiness, pustules, lesions and hair loss. Each patient can be treated differently, and treatment can consist of topical or oral medications.

What are the causes, symptoms and treatment of ringworms?


Ringworm is a fungal infection that can affect skin, hair and nails. It is very contagious, spreading through direct contact, or through a contaminated object like a brush or food bowls. The lesions usually appear as hair loss that can grow and spread to other parts of the body appearing ‘patchy.’ The nails can become brittle and break easily. We treat with topical therapy – creams, ointments and anti-fungal shampoos, and oral anti-fungal medications. It is very important to clean the environment.

What are the causes and treatment of allergic skin diseases?


Atopic dermatitis is an inflammatory disease associated with allergies. Dogs can be allergic or sensitive to certain foods, pollens, fleas and even dust mites to name a few. Dogs will show signs of itchiness, runny eyes, or inflamed ears. We have many different options to help keep your pet comfortable when dealing with the side effects of allergies including steroids, antihistamines, shampoos and topical products. We will come up with a specific plan for each pet, and work with you to figure out what might be making Fluffy so itchy!

What are the causes and treatment of parasitic skin diseases?


Fleas – flea allergy dermatitis can cause excessive scratching, leading to sores and hotspots. Treatment includes a prescription product like Bravecto to kill adults and stop the infestation from growing. Cleaning the environment is also very important in getting rid of eggs and larvae. Mange mites – Sarcoptic mange or ‘canine scabies’ spreads easily among dogs. Symptoms include itchiness, red skin, sores and hair loss. Demodectic mange can cause baldness, scabbing and sores. Treatment depends on the condition of your dog and the type of mite we are dealing with.

What are the causes and treatment of hormonal skin diseases?


Adrenal, thyroid, and pituitary glands, ovaries and testicles all produce hormones, and if they are excessive (hyper-), or deficient (hypo-) changes in skin condition can be seen. Testing and treatment options are laid out individually for each pet.

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

We are all aware of the concerns and rapidly changing situation with COVID-19. Due to the close public contact that our work requires, we have taken necessary measures to protect our clients, our team and work hard to ensure we can continue to provide excellent care for our patients.

Last updated: Tuesday, May 19, 2020

• Currently, we are operating a “closed waiting room” clinic to protect our clients and staff. We ask you to stay in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call our front desk at 519-893-1360 once you have arrived. For scheduled appointments we will take a history over the phone or we ask that you email us any concerns prior to the appointment. A technician will meet you outside the doors to bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then call to discuss our recommended treatment plan and take payment over the phone. A technician will then meet you outside the door to hand off any take home medications and return your pet.

• We are OPEN during the following hours:
Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm (food and medication pickup only)
Sunday: Closed

We are running with limited staff in order to be able to continue to be open, so please be patience.

• We can now see all cases by appointment only.

• If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with issues at their ends and are attempting to provide orders as soon as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order - our staff will meet you outside the door with your items. We are asking that all food and medications are pre-paid at the time of ordering it. If your food is not prepaid, we unfortunately cannot hold it for you for longer than 1 day at this time. If you are paying Debit we will be allowing one client at a time to enter the clinic to pay. We have stopped taking cash payments for the time being.

We do have an online store available for purchasing food 24/7. Go to our website manitouanimalhospital.com and click “online store” to sign up.

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.

• Following the recommendations of our government and human medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs and have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this disease.

Thank you for your cooperation and patience in these matters. Please stay healthy and 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.

Thank you,

The Manitou Animal Hospital Team