We remain open to provide urgent 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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Dog Fleas and Ticks

Fleas and ticks are external parasites that we’ve all heard about. Not only are these parasites a source of irritation and bother for pet owners and pets, they also are capable of transmitting other parasites and disease. The good news is that there are medications that can prevent your dog from falling victim to these biting foes!

How can you tell if your dog has fleas & ticks?

Most people think they’ll know if their dog has fleas and/or ticks because the dog will be scratching like crazy. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Frequently dogs will come into our hospital loaded with fleas or with several ticks and the owner had no idea. Fleas don’t like the light, so it is difficult to find the flea itself. You can find flea dirt (which is flea poop) in your dog’s coat. Flea dirt looks like ground black pepper. Fleas can also transmit the intestinal tapeworm parasite, so you may see tapeworm segments (which look like grains of rice) around your dog’s rectum. Ticks are very small before they eat a meal but once they’ve eaten, they are typically about the size of a pea or corn niblet.

How do you prevent fleas & ticks in dogs?

There are several flea and tick prevention medications available and, as always, prevention is better than dealing with these pesky parasites! There are oral tablets that can be given once monthly or once every 3 months. There are topical products that have to be applied once monthly. The topical products are better for dogs who have an allergy to the flea bite because the medication kills the flea before it has a chance to bite the dog. Please contact our hospital to discuss which prevention medication will work best for you and your dog.

What are the treatment options for ticks in Dogs?

The first step in treating a dog with ticks is the physical removal of the tick. Ticks bury their heads under the skin to ingest a blood meal. You cannot simply yank the tick out of the dog’s skin because the head of the tick will remain buried. The tick has to let go for it to be then removed. Ticks can also transmit disease (such as Lyme’s disease) so if you’ve found a tick on your dog, please call us to discuss the next steps you need to take for your dog.


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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.

Last updated: Tuesday, May 19, 2020

1. We are currently operating a "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. Our door will be locked. Please call the number posted on the front door when you arrive and one of our Registered Veterinary Technicians will come to take the history and collect your pet. Our veterinarian will contact you by phone to discuss your pet's health before you leave.

2. We can now see all cases by appointment only.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 8 am - 6 pm, Wednesday 8 am - 7 pm, and Friday 8 am - 4 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 ahead of time to ensure we have what you need and can have it prepared before your arrival. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the Online Store, please 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 jobs. We have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this disease.

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 Cambrian Animal Hospital