We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.
Fleas and ticks are a significant problem within Halifax and Nova Scotia in general. Fleas spread rapidly in apartment buildings and are active outdoors at temperatures around 10°C and above. Even our indoor only pets are at risk of flea infestation, so prevention is critical. Ticks are active at even colder temperatures than fleas. They are hunting for hosts at temperatures around 4°C and above. In Halifax, we typically see either dog ticks or more importantly deer ticks (Black-legged Ticks). Deer ticks are the carriers for Lyme disease which is a blood-borne bacteria that is passed onto the host after a successful blood meal. For information on the clinical signs and testing, please give us a call.
Scratching, biting and chewing the area all signs of fleas. Live fleas or flea ‘dirt’ can often be seen with a flea infestation, particularly in the mid to lower back near the tail. Ticks can be more challenging to find.
How can I prevent fleas and ticks on my dog?
There are numerous products available to prevent flea infestation and to kill ticks once they attach. Both over the counter and prescription products are available. Our helpful staff can help you determine which product would be most suitable for your dog.
What are the treatment options for dogs who have ticks?
It is a good idea to check your dog for ticks daily. If a tick is found attached to the skin, it can be removed with gentle firm traction at the site of attachment. A ‘Tick Twister’ can be very helpful in removing ticks in their entirety. If part of the head remains in the skin, it is important to monitor the site for signs of infections such as swelling, inflammation and discharge.
Most cats have 18 toes; five toes on each of their front feet, and four on the back. My cat, Mandy Pawtinkin, is blessed with 22 toes. She has a congenital physical anomaly called polydactyly (Greek for ‘many digits’). It is a genetic mutation that causes cats to be born with more than the usual number of toes on one or more of its paws.
Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.
The following changes are effective as of Monday, March 23, 2020:
1. We are currently operating a "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 902.422.8595. We will take a history of your pet over the phone, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. Once the examination is finished, we will call to discuss our recommended treatment plan over the phone and then return to your vehicle with your pet. Please ensure your pet has a properly fitted collar or is in a secure carrier. Please remove any additional clothing or blankets prior to our staff handling our patients to minimize risk to our team.
2. We are still OPEN but are now working in two shifts with reduced hours, reduced staff numbers and a need to close for extensive cleaning between shifts. Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday, Thursday: 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm.
3. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.
Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus. You may see our team members wearing additional protective gear when interacting with our clients and patients.
Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.
- Your dedicated team at Halifax Veterinary Hospital