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.
Did you know fleas have wings, but cannot fly? Did you know fleas can jump 110 times their length? Did you know that ticks come out of hibernation at 4 degrees Celsius? Did you know ticks carry diseases other than Lyme disease? With our changing climate in Canada, fleas and ticks are becoming something we talk about all year round.
Regular examination of the fur and skin of your dog, will help aid in early diagnosis of a flea or tick burden. Generally, “flea dirt” may be the first indicator of a flea burden on an animal. Black, dried and coffee-ground in appearance, flea dirt is the remnants of a flea’s meal. Fleas themselves, are small (2-3mm in length) with wings. Fleas can jump but are incapable of flying. They will feed anywhere on your pets’ body, so when looking for fleas be sure to look all over their coat.
Ticks are far bigger in size, about 5-7mm before being engorged and up to 12mm after a lengthy feeding. They prefer warmer areas of the body, such as the neck and chest area, as well as behind the ears. Ticks are difficult to remove, as small mouthparts are embedded beneath the skin. Engorged ticks may appear to be lumps or moles, and many will prefer a veterinary team member to remove engorged ticks, as not to leave mouthparts behind.
How do you prevent fleas & ticks in dogs?
Prevention, prevention, prevention! There are several products on the market that hold the claim for flea and tick prevention. However, products available through your veterinarian have a 98% efficacy. These prevention products contain pesticides that live in the skin barrier and kill fleas and ticks on contact. Some of these products are not absorbed into the bloodstream.
What are the treatment options for ticks in dogs?
Treatment options for fleas and ticks, start with prevention. Both topical and oral versions of protection will prevent and treat flea and tick infestations. Usually, ticks will need to be physically removed from the patient. This includes both the body and the mouthparts of the parasite. Removal of the tick can be accomplished with tweezers or tick twisters, available through your veterinarian.
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 Monday, March 23, 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 416.423.3042. 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.
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 am - 5:00 pm, & closed Saturday to Sunday
4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 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.
5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
6. Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
7. 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.