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.
External parasites are always concerning when it comes to our pets. Fleas and ticks are two of the most common. Fleas are a nuisance to our dogs, they can make them very itchy and can even cause skin disease in severe infestations, they can also pass along internal parasites like tapeworms. Although dog fleas do not like humans, they will try to bite us if our house is infested. One way to prevent this is to ensure your dog is on flea control when the flea season starts. May until October/November are our prime months for fleas. Our Veterinarian will recommend the best product for your dog during their annual exam. Ticks are a fairly new parasite to our area. Did you know that ticks are moving closer to Moncton by up to 46 km a year! As most people know Ticks can transmit lyme disease to your dog, but there are other parasites that can be just as damaging as lyme disease they are Ehrlichia and Anaplasma. Our team can help you decide what is the best product to ensure your dog is protected.
The most common sign you may see is your dog will be scratching. Some other ways to tell is to part the fur on your dog and look for flea dirt. It almost looks like small coffee grounds. Some people may tell us that they only saw one flea, unfortunately if you see one, there are always a lot more hiding. With ticks, the most common way to tell if your dog has one, is by feeling in some common areas where ticks like to attach. Behind ears, under collars, between toes, in the elbows, and in the groin area are some areas that ticks like to feed.
How can I prevent fleas and ticks on my dog?
There are common medications that are used for prevention that can be purchased at our hospital. They come in different formats, some are topical, while others come in chew form. Some products are active against fleas only, some fleas and ticks, and other fleas and internal parasites. Ask our team what might be best for your dog.
What are the treatment options for dogs who have ticks?
Prevention is key, they come in topical or chewable tablets. There is also a lyme vaccine available which would be great for animals in higher risk areas. If your animal has a tick attached, the tick can be sent away for analysis to see if it is a carrier for lyme disease.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 4, 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 506.622.2355. 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. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
- Monday and Thursday: 8:00am - 7:00pm
- Tuesday and Wednesday: 8:00am - 5:30pm
- Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Waterview Animal Hospital