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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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Dear Clients,


At Manitou Animal Hospital our primary goal is to care for your beloved pets. By extension, this means keeping you as a pet parent healthy as well. Many of you have already recently visited the hospital and have personally experienced the additional safety procedures we have put in place to ensure the well-being of you and your pets using our “closed waiting room” policy.

Our "closed waiting room" policy:

  1. When you arrive in the parking lot, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call 519-893-1360. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns.
  2. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination.
    We ask that you remain in the parking lot and keep your phone turned on.
  3. The Veterinarian will call you once the physical exam is complete to discuss the recommended treatment plan.
  4. We encourage credit card over the phone as the preferred payment method. We can also accept e-transfer.
  5. A staff member will bring your pet and any medications back outside to you.

During the coming months and as long as COVID-19 continues to circulate in our community we at Manitou will continue to offer our services using these enhanced safety procedures, including the curbside and closed waiting room service model. For the health and safety of everyone, we will not be able to have you accompany your pet(s) into the clinic for procedures at this time. We unfortunately would just not be able to meet proper physical distancing requirements and ensure your safety and our team's.

We typically have a significant number of clients [100+] visit our clinic daily whether it be for medication, food or for a visit with the veterinarian or vet technician. Space in the front room and the exam rooms is very small, a well documented factor for increased risk of COVID transmission. If everyone were to come inside our clinic, even with masks on, it would significantly increase the risk of COVID exposure to each client entering the clinic as well as our staff. We are simply not willing to risk the health of you, your family and our staff. We know that with continued effort we will get through this together. We sincerely appreciate your patience and help in working with us during these challenging times.

Until then, we promise to give each and every one of your pets the very best care and a ton of hugs and kisses when they are in for a visit. We always treat them as if they were one of our own and look forward to seeing them!


Your dedicated care team at Manitou Animal Hospital


We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday to Thursday: 8:00am - 7:00pm
Friday: 8:00am - 6:00pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sunday: CLOSED