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.
Fleas and ticks are commonly found on dogs in this area. The simplest method to avoid these pests is to use a prevention program. Selection options are vast so discussing options and goals are vital to making an informed decision. There is so much fear regarding parasites it is also important to talk with our staff if your dog has been exposed.
Fleas are very difficult to see directly. If your dog has fleas, the number one sign will be incessant scratching, especially around the ears, neck, and rump. Sometimes you may observe hair loss or scabs due to allergy flea dermatitis. You may see flea dirt (a polite term for flea feces) if you comb your dog over a paper towel, you will see black dots fall if you moisten the towel the specks will turn red. Ticks are a little more difficult, if they have not had a feeding they are rather tiny. If you pet your dog and feel a small lump you haven’t felt before it could be a tick. Sometimes they will look like, or remind you of, a skin tag. If you are walking your dog in the woods, tall grass areas, or tick-infested environments, make sure to give your dog a tick check, as well as yourself.
How can I prevent fleas and ticks on my dog?
You can prevent your dog from getting ticks and fleas by using either oral and/or topical medication available at our clinic. Examples include Revolution, Simparica, Bravecto, etc. There are so many options for flea/tick prevention that reviewing your dog’s individual risk and personal preferences with our veterinarian can be helpful in making a decision.
What are the treatment options for dogs who have ticks?
If your dog has a tick, it is important to remove all of the head and all eight legs. Our staff can review techniques and provide tick twisters to aid in removal. Once the tick is removed, your veterinarian can verify the type of tick which will also narrow down the type of the diseases that tick can potentially carry. The disease of greatest concern at this time is Lyme (borreliosis) but ticks can also carry anaplasmosis, ehrlichiosis, or rickettsia You can then discuss testing and monitoring steps required for your dog. This time is also important to review the need or type of preventative treatment.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 15, 2020 some 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
Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will 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. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE
If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
4. 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.
5. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
- Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm - Saturday: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm - Sunday: CLOSED
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!