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.
Ticks have been a growing issue in Nova Scotia over the years, and it does not look like it will be getting better any time soon. The situation is only getting worse over time, with instances of Lyme disease on the rise not only in people but in our pets as well. The American Dog Tick has been around for quite some time now, but we are starting to see an increase in the number of Deer Ticks (black-legged ticks). Which means our pets are at risk.
We spend a lot of time with our pets outside during the summer, and we should not only be checking them for ticks, but we need to make sure that they are on a quality flea and tick prevention from your veterinarian, and even vaccinating against Lyme disease as a second line of defence in case a dose of medication is missed. Remember they can bring them into your home and transfer them to you, and some types of ticks can infest your home.
Deer ticks or the black-Legged tick are the most concerning of the ticks in our area as they carry Lyme disease. Black-legged ticks thrive in a moist environment and can typically be found in wooded areas, leaf litter, long grass, shrubs, and in your local parks. They stay active when temperatures are above 4°C, and the larvae and nymphs are most active in the spring and summer. Make sure your pet has its tick prevention.
Is your area a tick an endemic tick area? Click here to find out!
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.
Our doors are now unlocked and we are allowing 2 people at a time in the clinic for food sales and medication pick-up only (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".
We do ask that everyone wear a mask when entering the clinic and use the hand sanitizing station outside our doors. If you require a mask, please call the clinic for assistance prior to entering. Anyone who enters the clinic will be asked to sign in and provide their name and phone number for tracking purposes.
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 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 Halifax Veterinary Hospital