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.
Your dog may be very itchy and scratching often. You may see adult fleas hopping around, or flea feces (flea dirt) may be present on your dog’s skin. Flea dirt will appear as small dark specks on your pet’s skin, this can be found by parting the hair with your hands, or a flea comb. Ticks can be hard to find on our furry friends since they start out small at around a few mm long, however after feeding some grow up to 11 mm long. If the tick has bitten your pet and has started feeding, you may notice a squishy lump. Once it is determined that this is indeed a tick, the tick will need to be removed properly. Tick Twisters are highly recommended for removal.
How can I prevent fleas and ticks on my dog?
Make sure that your pet takes parasite preventatives regularly, as recommended by your veterinarian. Also, be sure to examine your pup closely after outdoor walks for any ticks that may be present. This way, you can remove the tick promptly.
What are the treatment options for dogs who have ticks?
Regular parasite preventative products are recommended, as well as prompt removal of any visible ticks. If your pet is showing signs of Lyme disease, your veterinarian may recommend testing.
Many people don’t realize that onions and garlic are toxic to pets. It is so sparsely known that garlic powder is actually a dangerously common ingredient in some homemade dog treat recipes found online. They are also very common ingredients in many different dishes that we humans love to make, so we need to be extra careful to not allow our pets to ingest anything containing these ingredients. No more licking the plate for Fido and Fluffy!
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. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
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. 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.
4. OPERATING HOURS
We remain a 24-hour hospital, open 7 days a week
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at 4 Paws 24 Hour Veterinary Hospital