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

Skin issues are one of the most common reasons for your dog to visit the veterinarian. There are numerous concerns that you may have: itchiness, loss of fur, scabbing or crusting to name a few. There are just as many reasons why your dog may have these signs. Hypothyroidism, Cushing’s disease, and allergic skin disease are all possible reasons why your canine friend may be experiencing problems with their skin. It is best to make an appointment with your veterinarian, so you may take a team approach to solve your dog’s dermatological problems. This will involve a thorough history taking of your pet’s behaviours and concerns, a detailed physical exam of all of their skin (not just the affected areas), and may include, but not limited to, simple diagnostic testing like skin scraping or acetate tape preparations.

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

Bacterial infections can have underlying causes, be due to allergies or other internal diseases. Your pet may be itchy, experience fur loss, smell malodorous, have red skin or even open wounds. Sometimes experience alone may diagnose this however sometimes skin biopsies, skin swabs or more commonly ear swabs may be necessary to confirm the diagnosis.

What are the causes, symptoms, and treatment for ringworm?

Although ringworm sounds like it should be a parasite, in reality, it is caused by a fungus. A fungal infection may affect not only the skin but the hair and nail beds as well. Ringworm is infectious to other animals as well as humans. Your pet may experience itchy skin, hair loss and it may be full of “flakes”. There may also be red raised circular lesions. Depending on the symptoms, your veterinarian may prescribe an antifungal medication.

What are the causes and treatment for allergic skin diseases?

Allergic skin disease can be caused by a variety of reasons. Environmental allergens such as certain pollens and grasses are common causes as are food allergens. In order to find out the cause, food trials, allergy testing, and medications may be recommended.

What are the causes and treatment for parasitic skin diseases?

Those eight-legged little monsters known as sarcoptic or demodectic mange can cause havoc. Sarcoptic mange or scabies, a mite that burrows into the skin, is a highly contagious skin disease. Scabies can cause intense itchiness, skin rashes and hair loss. Demodectic mange is a mite that likes to live in the oil glands and hair follicles, therefore, a common symptom is hair loss in these pets. Treatment includes medication and shampoos to kill the mites.


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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 Wednesday, March 18, 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 905-664-4888. We will bring your pet into the hospital for an examination with the veterinarian. The veterinarian will then call you to discuss our recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a technician will return your pet to your car and take care of any needed medications and payment.

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. However, if you're unsure whether your pet needs medical attention, please call us to discuss your situation.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday 8 am - 4 pm

4. 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. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the Online Store, please visit our website.

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

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

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 Briarwood Animal Hospital