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 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.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective June 5, 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 us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. Starting July 6, one person is allowed inside per appointment, as long as you have a mask.
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
Beginning June 8, we will be resuming our normal business hours:
Monday - Friday: 7:30 am – 8:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Halifax Veterinary Hospital