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 are a little harder to spot with the human eye than ticks. They are small and can reproduce very quickly, with each female flea shedding dozens of eggs into the environment each day. Prevention is far more efficient than trying to treat an infestation.
We are usually able to feel a tick once it has attached and starts to feed and engorge. An engorged tick creates a small lump that is often mistaken for a skin tag.
How can I prevent fleas and ticks on my dog?
Prescription medications are recommended for the most effective flea and tick prevention. Both oral and topical options are available. We offer multiple products and will help you determine the most suitable treatment for your pet.
What are the treatment options for dogs who have ticks?
We have a very large challenge with ticks in our area because of the high prevalence of the deer tick, which transmits the bacteria that causes Lyme disease. We recommend a multi-tiered approach to tick and Lyme prevention including vaccination, preventative medications, and daily physical tick checks.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 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
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. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Barriefield Animal Hospital