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A Bit About Bugs!

Test Tube with BugsI have a confession. I hate parasites, especially the ones that can affect my pets or have the potential to make me sick.

These parasites can be on the outside of your pet (fleas, or ticks) or on the inside (roundworm, giardiasis, tapeworm, etc). We do know some parasites are species-specific and cause no harm but I am speaking of the ones that are not good for your pet or you.The bad news is we cannot eliminate them, scorch them from the earth, but the good news is that there are things that can be done to minimize a pet’s exposure, reduce the number in the environment, and, best of all, prevent ourselves from becoming infected.

Here is how:
Regularly deworm your pet. Depending on your pet’s lifestyle an ideal deworming protocol can be designed by your vet. Please don’t hesitate to call us and we will be happy to review all your options that best suit your pet.

Have you ever heard the old saying “wash your hands after handling”? Well, let me tell you, folks, basic hygiene can reduce your risk of infection from many of the internal parasites your pet may be able to transmit to you. Children, the elderly, and immunocompromised are the people who are most at risk.

For the bugs on the outside:
Flea prevention is imperative if you want to have success. If you only start treatments when you have a problem it makes getting control very difficult. There are a number of safe, new generation meds both topical and oral to minimize your pet’s exposure. We can help you select a method that works for you and your pet. Preventive care is critical in reducing common secondary skin infections that can result from flea bites. This is especially true in animals that have any allergies. Treating all pets in a home is also vital in the battle against fleas. Even the “indoor pets” need to be treated. Additional information on flea control will follow in an upcoming blog from my good technician friend, Amanda.

Ticks and the potential for tick-borne diseases. Well, I need not say too much as it scares the heck out of most people! I have a few friends who have contracted Lyme disease and it is no laughing matter. Tick-borne diseases are potentially llife-altering

There are some things you can do outdoors to help ward off the ticks. For example, keeping grass short, creating barriers around property, and new generation tick medications are often combined with flea prevention. Monitor outdoor temperatures rather than using dates, to decide to stop tick prevention.

Did you know anytime the temp is at or above 4 degrees Celsius in a given month there is a possibility for ticks (fleas too)?

There are 2 peak times for ticks; the spring and fall. But year-round prevention, Lyme vaccine, vigilant monitoring, and removal of ticks when found are all important tools to employ.
Please contact your vet or myself for any additional information. We can design a program of prevention that will suit you and your pet.
Until we chat again, stay bug free!

Written by: Dr. Josephine Grant, DVM

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Last updated: July 23, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we can continue providing our full range of services, under certain restrictions. As our province enters the next phase of the reopening plan, we have some updates to share with you about our safety measures.

We are continuing to see all cases by appointment only including pets in need of vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, parasite prevention, and more.

Beginning July 2, 2020, clients are able to come into the hospital with their pets with the following restrictions:

SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

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 to Friday: 8:00 am - 7:30 pm*
Saturday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sunday: Closed

*On weekdays we will be closed for 1 hour in the afternoon in order to catch up on communications with our clients. This is a temporary measure. Thank you for your understanding.


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 Avon Animal Hospital