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Tick Check Season!

The warmer weather usually results in you and your companion animals spending a lot more time outdoors; walks and hikes in wooded or grassy areas are a fun way to exercise yourself and your pet, but these activities leave us exposed to questing ticks. Ticks do not jump like fleas or fly like the botfly, they poise themselves, usually on plants, in a position known as questing and they will wait for their host to brush against them.

In Nova Scotia there are 16 known tick species, most will feed on furry mammals, a few will feed on human, but only one carries the bacteria, Borrelia burgdorferi, which causes Lyme disease is the Deer tick, a.k.a the Black Legged Tick. To protect your furry friends, we always recommend a preventative product like Bravecto but it is always a good idea to check your dog for Ticks after outings where ticks are present.

To check for ticks, run your fingers through your pet’s fur, apply enough pressure that you have contact with the body to feel a small bump. Ticks can range in size from as small as a pinhead or poppy seed to as large as a grape. Check the areas close to the ground, between the toes and under the tail. Don’t forget to look around the face, on the top of the head and around/inside the ears, some ticks will search out thin skinned areas before attaching.

If you find a tick, it can be easily removed using a tick twister, you can bring it to us for identification and we can do a blood test known as the SNAP 4DX test which detects Lyme, heartworm, ehrlichiosis and anaplasmosis. If you are not comfortable with removing the tick, it’s okay, we will do it for you, stop in or give us a call to book a few minutes with an RVT who will remove and identify the tick for you, and even teach you how to use a tick twister for the next time your furry friend becomes a host.

Written by Melody Pentland, Site Coordinator

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Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we can continue providing our full range of services, under certain restrictions. Masks are mandatory for everyone coming inside our hospital. Maximum of 2 clients allowed into our exams rooms per appointment (there's not much room in there!)

Please note that it will take at least 24 hours for all prescription and food items to be ready for pick up (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".

Unfortunately, our bathroom is still closed to the public as it is in our radiology room.

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.

OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday & Tuesday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday & Thursday: 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday: Closed
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.

We are committed to providing a safe and respectful workplace. Abusive conduct or communications will not be tolerated and may result in denial of services.

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Harbour Cities Veterinary Hospital