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.
Ticks are becoming more and more common in the Maritimes, and it’s time to have “The Talk,” the “Tick Talk.” Mainly due to warmer weather year-round, the more ticks jumping around means there is a higher chance of having a tick bite and/or having a tick born disease transmitted to you or your pet. Here is everything you need to know about the Tick Talk.
Can ticks harm my pet?
Yes, ticks can irritate the site of the bite. If an infected tick bites your pet, there is a risk of disease transmission.
How do I know if my dog has ticks?
It’s important to check your pets for ticks after you’ve spent any time outdoors.
Feeling a small bump on the skin? Be sure to part their fur and take a closer look.
Finding a tick in your home, either between the bed sheets, carpet, or on the floor. This is a sign that a member of your family or your pet, brought a tick into the home.
Excessive head shaking; ticks will attach to moist and low areas, and many times found around the ears and face, causing discomfort.
Tick bite symptoms include fever or fatigue, loss of appetite, vomiting, lameness or other unusual symptoms. Contact your veterinarian if you find a tick or your pet if not feeling well.
They have scabs; if the tick detaches, a scab may form from the open bite wound.
How to remove a tick:
Wear gloves and avoid any direct skin contact to the tick.
Choose the suitable hook according to the size of the tick.
Engage the hook by approaching the tick from the side, until it is held.
Lift the hook very slightly and turn it, the tick detaches by itself after 2-3 rotations.
If a tick twister is not available, bring your pet to your local veterinarian for proper removal.
If the tick was plucked off or accidentally scratched off by your pet, be sure that no mouthpiece was left inside of your pet at the site of the bite.
Once removed, kill the tick by placing it in a container with rubbing alcohol.
Save the tick in a sealed container or plastic bag, for your veterinarian to identify.
Keep an eye on your pet for any unusual symptoms.
If you find a tick on your pet or if your pet is acting unusual, please contact your veterinarian and follow their recommended tick protocol.
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.