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.
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.
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
We are allowing 1 client per pet into the hospital (up to a maximum of 3 clients in our hospital at one time). Clients are to wait in the waiting room during the exam since there is not enough space for physical distancing with the veterinarian in our small exam rooms. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us so a staff member can meet you at the door and bring you and your pet into the hospital.
We ask that you wear a mask when in our building and encourage you to bring your own.
You may choose to continue with the "closed-door" approach and we can obtain a history over the phone and then collect the pet at the door for the exam. The Veterinarian will then call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside and take care of any needed medications and payment.
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. 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
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.
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!