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.

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Are You Checking Your Pet for Fleas? Ticks? Worms?

Here are a few tips and tricks to determine if your pet has either fleas, ticks or worms.

Fleas

Visual check and inspection is the best way to know if your pet has fleas. Start by parting the fur at the most common areas to find them, such as on his belly, groin area, the base of the tail and around the head. Fleas will be moving and jumping around. While flea dirt is a mix of blood and flea poop, they look like small specks of dirt or pieces of black pepper.
We can also use a flea comb to brush the fleas and flea dirt out for proper identification. Because the fleas get trapped in the brush, make sure to have a bowl of hot water nearby to dunk it in after each swipe.

The White Towel Test

Brush your pet over a white towel. If you see any specks of dirt or dark spots falling off onto the sheet, you know you’ve got a problem. We can either identify the flea or flea dirt.
If you find what you suspect to be flea dirt on your pet, grab a damp paper towel. Flea feces turn reddish-brown when they get wet.

Ticks

Brush your fingers through their fur while touching the skin with enough pressure to feel any small bumps and look for areas that appear irritated. Be sure to check between the toes, behind ears, under armpits and around the tail and head.

We recommend checking your dog for ticks after all outdoor playtime and walks, even if your pet is on a preventive treatment.

Worms

The best way to determine if your pet has worms is to look at their poop. Worms are visible in their feces, in their fur, around their bum area or in their vomit. Most commonly, we can see noodle-like or rice sized worms in their feces or vomit.

We often see puppies and kittens with bloated, round bellies, commonly caused by worms in their belly.

If you think your pet has fleas, a tick or has worms, contact your veterinarian for information about the appropriate treatment and cleaning recommendations.

Written by Monica Blanchard, RVT

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Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 4, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. 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, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday: 7:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday and Thursday: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday: 7:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday: 8:30 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!

- Your dedicated team at Moncton Animal Hospital