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 an all too common problem for dogs and their owners. The little pests are a nuisance that can cause itching and scratching. They can carry disease and they can induce severe scratching and biting of the skin in dogs that are allergic to the saliva in flea bites. Ticks are another little pest that carries diseases and annoy our pets.
Signs of fleas include biting at the base of the tail, generalized itch, poor coat, and “flea dirt” which is dried, digested blood. The flea dirt will turn red when wet. You can run a flea comb through your dog’s fur to help gather flea dirt and fleas. Sometimes fleas can be hard to spot. The finding of one flea on your dog likely means there is much more than you have seen. Fleas can carry tapeworms, and the presence of tapeworm segments around the base of your dog’s tail suggests recent flea infestation. Ticks are often found around the head and neck and range in size from a raisin to a pin head. They are often firmly attached to the skin. They can sometimes be felt through the fur more easily than seen. You can usually spot small legs on the large round body.
How do you prevent fleas & ticks in dogs?
Prevent fleas and ticks on your dog by using flea and tick control from your vet year-round. Keep your lawn short and avoid tall grass. Check your dog frequently for ticks, especially when they come inside after a walk in an area known to have ticks.
What are the treatment options for ticks in dogs?
Treatment options for ticks include oral medications such as Bravecto and Nexgard, as well as the topical Revolution and Advantix. No one medication is 100 % effective and you must decide which one is best for you considering you and your pet’s lifestyle.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective June 5, 2020 some 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, Tuesday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm Wednesday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED
NEW PET OWNERS
Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! 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 Eastern Shore Veterinary Hospital