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Parasites

This month at 4 Paws 24 Hour Veterinary Hospital we are talking about all those creepy crawlers and weird wrigglers that might be keeping our furry friends company – parasites! There is a ton to know about this subject, so here are some basics – the bottom lines of what you need to know as a dog or cat owner regarding parasites.

1 – There are internal and external parasites
When we talk about internal parasites, we are referring to things like hookworm, whipworm, roundworm, tapeworms, heartworm, giardia, toxoplasma, coccidia. The list goes on, but those are some of the main parasites we are worried about that take-up residence inside our canine and feline friends. When we talk about external parasites, we are referring to things like fleas, ticks, mites, lice etc. – those things that populate the outside of the body.

2 – Different medications target different parasites
Generally speaking, most parasite medications target either internal or external parasites. More and more, we see new products that target both, but there are still a lot of products that target one or the other. As an example, that’s why many of you will have been recommended to use BOTH Nexgard or Bravecto (external parasites) and Interceptor or Heartgard (internal parasites).

3 – Some parasites act as vectors (TRANSMITTERS) for other parasites or diseases.
An easy example of this is deer ticks and Lyme disease. Another example would be fleas and tapeworm. It is yet another reason to provide your dog or cat with parasite prevention medication!

Call us today to book an appointment or if you have any questions.

Written by: Anna Swick-Coryell, DVM

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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 Wednesday, March 18, 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 902-225-7543. We will bring your pet into the hospital for an examination with the veterinarian. The veterinarian will then call you to discuss our recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a technician will return your pet to your car and take care of any needed medications and payment.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets only. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. With dramatically increased demand and dwindling supply, combined with supplier purchase limitations, we are experiencing unprecedented difficulties in obtaining many pet foods. Although we remain in stock of many of your favourite foods, and continue to order our daily maximum allocation, we regret that we are forced to temporarily suspend special orders. Please continue to call us and we will do our best to fill your needs with food we have in stock, but we can no longer guarantee supply on all brands. We are monitoring this situation daily and will advise when this situation has eased. At this time most drugs and over the counter products remain unaffected. For food and prescription pick ups, please call us to prepay and advise us by phone when you arrive at the hospital to pick up. We will meet you at the front of the building to deliver your order. We do also have our online store available, which can be accessed from our website by clicking the Online Store button.

4. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

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 4 Paws 24 Hour Veterinary Hospital