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Tick Alert!

The tick risk in Ontario is changing rapidly, and your pet should be protected. In this area, we are concerned about the western black-legged tick. It can transmit the bacteria that causes Lyme disease, and it is one of the most common tick-related diseases. In a dog, it can cause recurrent lameness due to inflammation of the joints. To diagnose Lyme’s disease, we do a 4Dx snap test. It is a blood test that is done in the hospital. The test takes approximately 8-15 minutes to run in-house, it screens for heartworm, Lyme disease, ehrlichiosis and anaplasmosis.

There are many products on the market to protect your pet. Most of the flea and tick products require the tick to take a blood meal for it to die. It takes 24 hours before the tick can transfer the bacteria that causes Lyme disease, therefore if you use a chewable product, it takes effect within 12 hours so the tick will die before the bacteria would be transmitted. Some people don’t want their pets to be bitten by ticks or fleas; they prefer to use the products that repel them, especially, for those pets that are allergic to flea bites; the choice is yours.

Another prevention would be getting your pet vaccinated against Lyme disease. It can be given at your annual visit but requires a booster one month after the first vaccinations. It would be a good idea to have your pet tested before starting with the vaccinations.

Hope all of our clients and their pets have a safe and happy summer!

Written by Marisa, Receptionist


Rescue Dogs: Overcoming Unwanted Behaviours

Since the COVID pandemic has arrived in Canada (and around the world), we have seen a spike in pet adoptions. This is an amazing thing – for the new pet owner and for the pet.  However, one of the other spikes we see on an almost daily basis at the hospital is the need for new owner to attach “a story” to their pet's behaviours – particularly in the instance of “rescue” dogs.  In rescue situations, many of the dogs arrive with unknown histories and many of the dogs demonstrate specific or generalized fear and anxiety.

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Last updated: June 16, 2021

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we have made some important updates to our operating policies.


This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!


We are excited to allow clients in again, however please be patient as we must continue to disinfect all surfaces between appointments. As we work to care for our beloved patients, please be kind. Any abuse towards our staff will not be tolerated and will result in denial of service.


We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 8 am - 6 pm
Wednesday: 8 am - 7 pm
Friday: 8 am - 4 pm
Saturday & Sunday: Closed



Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? 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!

- Your dedicated team at Cambrian Animal Hospital