Grantline Veterinary Hospital has been honored to serve our community, providing compassionate care for your pets. It is with a heavy heart that we must announce that our practice must temporarily close, effective December 22nd. The nationwide labor shortage has hit the veterinary industry hard, and we are unable to keep our hospital open without a doctor on site.

While we are actively recruiting for a new veterinarian, we cannot provide medical treatment or authorize prescription refills without a provider onsite. However, our phone lines will remain open to help you. If you need medical care in our absence, we can assist in referring you to another hospital and transferring your pet’s medical records there.

While we cannot provide a timeline for reopening at this time, we want to thank you for the trust you have placed in Grantline Veterinary Hospital over the years, and we hope to see you again soon!

How to Soothe Your Pet’s Dry Winter Skin

As temperatures fall, so do humidity levels in your home and outdoors. A drop in humidity often leads to dry, itchy skin and can leave your furry pal uncomfortable during the winter months. Prevent excessive scratching and licking by soothing your pet’s skin with a combination of at-home and veterinary-approved therapies.

At-home dry skin treatments for your pet

Making a few changes at home can help not only your pet’s dry skin but yours as well. If the harsh winter weather is sapping the moisture from your pet’s skin, try the following suggestions:

  • Increase your home’s humidity level — An ideal humidity level falls between 40% and 60%, so if your home is too dry, invest in a humidifier.
  • Use alternative ways to provide warmth — While cranking up the furnace will keep your pet toasty warm, it also will leach moisture from their skin. Provide blankets and pet-friendly heating mats for warmth instead of turning up the thermostat. 
  • Improve your pet’s diet — A high-quality diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids will boost your furry pal’s skin health, making it more resistant to winter drying.
  • Groom your pet regularly — Brushing your pet more frequently will help disperse healthy skin oils, while bathing them less frequently in cool water—and using an oatmeal shampoo—will preserve those same oils.

Veterinary-approved dry skin treatments for your pet

Some pets have such dry skin that at-home remedies do not provide enough relief. There also may be an underlying issue triggering their dry, flaky skin. If your pet’s skin is dry, irritated, and itchy, they may need the following:

  • Skin supplements — Supplements like fish oil and other sources of omega-3 can boost skin health and moisture retention, but some pets can develop diarrhea or other health issues if the doses are too high. Consult your veterinarian before adding a skin supplement to your pet’s regimen.
  • Diagnostic testing — Certain diseases, such as hypothyroidism and Cushing’s disease, can cause your pet to have dry, flaky skin that does not respond to typical at-home remedies. Blood work and other diagnostic testing may be necessary to get to the root cause of your pet’s skin problems.

Is your furry pal itchy and uncomfortable? Contact our team for help soothing their dry, irritated skin.