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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Common Parasites in Dogs

Fleas

  • Fleas are a small, brown/red, flat-bodied insect with large legs used for jumping.
  • The most common flea is Ctenocephalides felis.
  • Flea bites cause your pet to be itchy and uncomfortable.
  • Animals can get fleas by going outside, OR they can be brought into the house on clothing or other animals.
  • Check animals for fleas by looking for fleas or flea dirt (small specks of “dirt” on your pet’s skin that turn red when placed on wet paper towel).
  • There are many appropriate products for treating fleas, and it is important to treat all animals in the household. Prevention of infestations involves up-to-date use of preventative medications. Contact your veterinarian to determine which product is right for you.

Ticks

  • Ticks are small, brown arachnids (having eight legs) with no antennae.
  • Many species of ticks can impact dogs. The species present in New Brunswick include the black-legged tick, the American dog tick, and the moose/winter tick.
  • Ticks can transmit a number of diseases, including Lyme disease.
  • Animals most often get ticks when walking through areas with grasses or shrubs.
  • Check animals for ticks by looking at their skin and running your fingers through their fur.
  • If a tick is found on your dog, it must be removed. It can be done at your veterinary clinic or at home. If you are unsure how to remove a tick safely, please contact your veterinary clinic for directions.
  • Prevention of ticks involves up-to-date use of preventative medications. Talk to your vet to determine the right product for you.

Demodex

  • Demodex are small mites not visible to the naked eye.
  • Demodex mites are present in small numbers on all dogs, most of which never experience related problems.
  • In some dogs that experience immunosuppression (of various causes) these mites can overpopulate and cause skin disease characterized by bald spots +/- scaly skin.
  • The skin disease caused by Demodex mites is not contagious.
  • If your dog is displaying any signs of skin disease, please contact your veterinarian to determine the appropriate course of action.

Heartworm

  • Heartworms (Dirofilaria immitis) are long, thin worms that live in the heart and large arteries.
  • Heartworm infection can cause damage to the heart, lungs, liver, and kidneys.
  • Signs of heartworm infection may include coughing, shortness of breath, and weakness.
  • Heartworm is transmitted through mosquito bites.
  • Screening tests for heartworm can be performed as part of annual wellness and/or if an infection is suspected.
  • Further diagnostic testing may be indicated.
  • The appropriate treatment plan will be determined by your veterinarian. Treatment consists of multiple medications and strict rest.
  • Prevention of heartworm can be achieved by the use of heartworm preventative medication.

Please contact your veterinarian to determine the right product for you.

Written by: Dr. Nicole Mann, DVM

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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