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Dermatology Services for Pets

If you’ve noticed your pet scooting their butt across the floor, that could be a skin issue. Since your pet’s skin is their largest external organ, it’s important to ensure it’s being taken care of well. Your pet’s skin helps protect them against the elements and provides them with a sense of touch.

What are common skin issues pets deal with?

Pets deal with a range of skin issues, based on things like environmental triggers, parasites and irritants. If your pet’s skin has an allergic reaction to a new product, food or environmental irritant like pollen, they might constantly scratch it. For example, this could create a rash on their paws. Licking or chewing toes could be a sign of a yeast infection. Circles patches on your furry friend’s paws, ears or legs could be a sign of ringworm, a fungus which causes hair loss and skin irritation. External parasites like fleas can also cause skin irritation and inflammation.

How can I treat my pet’s skin issues at home?

We don’t recommend over the counter medication or home remedies without consulting us, especially when they can be ineffective or unregulated. If you’re concerned about your pet’s skin and they’re displaying any symptoms, it’s important to contact us at 519.624.9760 to book an appointment. Since skin issues can be connected to underlying health issues, we’ll assess your pet’s skin to determine the best treatment for them. Treating causes versus symptoms ensures your pet’s skin heals well over time.

How can I protect my pet against skin issues?

Though it’s difficult to completely protect your pet against skin issues, a few things you can do are:

  • Ensure your pet is groomed regularly
  • Feed your pet a healthy, well-balanced diet
  • Give your pet their preventive medication on time
  • Check their skin for any external parasites like fleas or mites

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    Dear Clients,

    The team at Animal Hospital of Cambridge would like to take a moment and thank you for your loyalty. We know the last couple of years have not been simple as we've worked throughout the entire COVID-19 pandemic, so we thank you for your patience and support. As always, your veterinary care team has your best interests in mind, which is why we're announcing the fall & winter protocol throughout the remainder of this page. This protocol takes effect as of Nov. 1st 2021, so please read carefully.

    Fall & Winter Protocol

    We will proceed with certain restrictions in order to help prevent infections (of COVID-19) combined with the fall/winter flu season ahead. AHOC has decided to make a limited public entry into the hospital in an effort to reduce the risk of the virus being spread. All clients must wear a face mask properly when entering our hospital. Please use the hand sanitizer stations provided. For any clients who can not mask, we can still serve you with curb-side care protocols.

    We will limit the quantity of people internally in the following ways:

  • 4 People max will be permitted to enter the doors to the right for food and prescription pick ups
  • 1 Person and 1 pet will enter the doors to the left when directed by staff and be allowed into the designated, sanitized exam room for VET appointments only
  • Appointments like nails trims, blood collection, weigh-ins, and anal gland expression will continue to be curb-side care

  • Walk-in For Food & Prescription Pick ups

    For those people just stopping by to pick up food or prescriptions you may enter without phoning. We ask you to abide by our 4 people max protocol which will allow for social distancing. 2 people being served and 2 people waiting. You will see blue floor markers to aid with social distancing guidelines. Please line up out the door to the right if there are already 4 people in our lobby.

    Phone When You Arrive For Your Pet's Appointment

    We will be asking you to call in at 519.624.9760 when you arrive for your appointment. Our customer service representatives or Registered Vet Tech's will ask you about your pet and for your cell number so that we can direct you with next steps for your appointment type. We may need you to wait in your car for a moment while we prepare/sanitize the exam room for your appointment with the Veterinarian. We will ask you to fill out our COVID screening consent form once you are inside the exam room. All clients should remain inside the exam room for the duration of their pets appointment.

    Non-Vet Appointments = Curb-side Protocol

    Once we have confirmed with you what needs to be done for your pet we will ask you to release your pet into our main entrance (vestibule), where one of our staff members will bring your pet inside for their procedure while you wait in your car (please let us know if you arrive by taxi or public transit). We will call you when we are finished and may process your payment over the phone upon discharge, or if our lobby is free, you can come pay inside.

    Do We Have Your Email on File?

    Please continue to phone us to book your appointment 519.624.9760. Please make sure we have a current email on file for you. It is important for us to have a secondary line of communication with you. Having an email on file is essential for you to receive important communications like: vaccine reminders, newsletters, information about pet product recalls, and other special handouts your veterinarian may wish to share with you as it relates to your pets health.

    Additionally, our internal efforts to keep phone lines open by our support staff & Veterinarians means they may call you from one of our internal cell phones, which will read "private number." Please be sure to answer the call when they call.

    Ordering Pet Food and Prescription Refills

    If you would like to pre-order pet food and/or ask for a prescription refill, you may do so by sending an email to ahoc.orderdesk@gmail.com. Please make sure to provide your full name, pet's name, the item you are requesting (please specify quantity or size) and the phone number we have your file listed under. We will process your order within 24-48 hours (emails are checked Monday to Friday) and will notify you when your order is ready.

    Once again, we thank you for your patience & support as we navigate this fluid situation. If you have any questions, send an email to info@ahoc-ph.com.

    Sincerely,

    Animal Hospital of Cambridge