Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.
Fleas and ticks are two external parasites that can affect your dog. Fleas can cause your dog to be itchy, irritated and can possibly transmit tapeworms. Ticks are being found in more areas where they previously have not been before, including many parts of Newfoundland. Some types of ticks can spread Lyme disease and other diseases too. Using preventative products for fleas and ticks is the best way to help keep your pet safe. Talk to our knowledgeable team about how best to protect your pet.
If you notice your dog scratching or chewing at themselves and are wondering if the cause could be due to fleas, you can check through their fur for the fleas. If you can not find any adult fleas, you can look for flea dirt by taking a fine tooth comb through the fur and any collect any of the small black/brown dirt on a white paper towel. Slightly wet the paper towel and if those spots turn red, that is an indication that there are fleas on your dog. When you get in the house after finishing a walk, it is good to run your hands through your dog’s fur, checking for any ticks. Ticks embed their head into the dog’s skin and can be quite small to start, then will slowly grow larger, as they feed on blood.
How can I prevent fleas and ticks on my dog?
We believe that using preventative products are key to keeping your dog safe and there are many different options for flea and tick control for your dog. Our veterinarians can discuss with you what option is best for you and your dog. At this time, they will also discuss options for internal parasite control for parasites such as roundworm, hookworm and whipworm that can also affect your dog.
What are the treatment options for dogs who have ticks?
If you find a tick on your dog, you will want to remove it as soon as possible. The best way to do this is by using a tick twister to make sure that you remove the whole tick and not just the body. Having the head of the tick left under the skin can lead to infection. Using tweezers or other methods are not recommended, because it is more likely that the head of the tick will be left behind.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that some restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. We are now allowing a limited number of clients in our clinic, however, we still encourage clients to stay in their cars where possible for annual exams, vaccines, wellness exams etc. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.
1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us.
Please discuss with the doctor when called during your appointment time if you wish to come into the building. This may not always be possible as there will be a limited number of clients in the building at one time as proper disinfection of exam rooms will have to be completed between appointments.
If you are coming into the building, an assistant will come to get you and your pet and escort you to the exam room.
Clients are required to use disinfection stations upon entering the building
Masks are to be worn at all times while in the clinic and social distancing must be strictly adhered to in our exam rooms.
If you have been ill with fever, headache, shortness of breath, trouble breathing, flu like symptoms or have travelled in the last two weeks, we kindly ask that you not enter our facility.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE
If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
4. NEW PET OWNERS
Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.
5. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
- Monday to Thursday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
- Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
- Sunday: CLOSED
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!