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.

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Holy Ticks!

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.

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

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