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.

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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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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 Tuesday, March 24, 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 506.857.4271. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan. If you do not have a cell phone please knock our door to let us know you have arrived and then return to your vehicle.

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.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday: 9:00 - 5:00 pm.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 3-5 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 and take payment over the phone. We are limiting pet food purchases to 2 bags/cases per order. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.

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

Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

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 Moncton Animal Hospital