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 can be found year-round in NS. Although there are several different species of ticks present in our province, only the deer (also known as black-legged) tick carries the bacteria that causes Lyme disease. The risk of contracting Lyme disease is greatest when a tick has been attached for more than 24 hours. During extended attachment periods the appearance of the tick’s body changes from small, brownish and flattish to grey and swollen. We refer to a tick that has this appearance as being ‘engorged.’’ After a few days, when a tick is fully engorged, it will drop off.
How can you protect yourself and your pet from ticks? Do tick checks on yourself and dog or cat after being outdoors with them. Yes, cats can pick up ticks too! You can purchase tick removal devices from most vet clinics or pet supply stores. Use a lever motion to remove ticks, not a twisting motion. It is wise to use tick prevention medication for your pet year-round as ticks can live up to 2 years and usually overwinter very well in our province. They become active anytime the temperature is at 4 degrees Celsius or higher. That temperature is reached at least for a few days in each month of the year in our province. That is why it is said that ticks are not a problem every day of the year but can be a problem in every month of the year.
Once removed, kill the tick by flushing it or drowning it in alcohol. Clean the area of attachment well and monitor for any signs of infection. A characteristic ‘bullseye’ rash can be present in human Lyme infections, but you will not see that in pets. If your dog develops lameness or lethargy, please contact us for further testing and treatment
Call us today to book an appointment or if you have any questions.
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
As of Monday July 6 we will allow one owner to accompany their pet into the building for medical appointments. Clients must wear a mask if they want to accompany their pet inside. If you do not have one then one can be provided to you. Doors will remain locked. Please call when you arrive for your appointment to be admitted to the building. If you prefer, curbside service will continue to be offered for medical appointments.
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