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.

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Dog Fleas and Ticks

How can I tell if my dog has fleas or ticks?


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.

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Last updated: May 29, 2020

Dear Clients,

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

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