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Dog Fleas and Ticks

External parasites are always concerning when it comes to our pets. Fleas and ticks are two of the most common. Fleas are a nuisance to our dogs, they can make them very itchy and can even cause skin disease in severe infestations, they can also pass along internal parasites like tapeworms. Although dog fleas do not like humans, they will try to bite us if our house is infested. One way to prevent this is to ensure your dog is on flea control when the flea season starts. May until December are our prime months for fleas. Our veterinarian will recommend the best product for your dog during their annual exam. Ticks are a fairly new parasite to our area. Did you know that ticks are moving closer to Moncton by up to 46 km a year! As most people know, ticks can transmit Lyme disease to your dog, but there are other parasites that can be just as damaging as Lyme disease they are Ehrlichia and Anaplasma. Our team can help you decide what is the best product to ensure your dog is protected.

How can you tell if your dog has fleas & ticks?

The most common sign you may see is your dog will be scratching. Some other ways to tell is to part the fur on your dog and look for flea dirt. It almost looks like small coffee grounds. Some people may tell us that they only saw one flea, unfortunately, if you see one, there are always a lot more hiding. With ticks, the most common way to tell if your dog has one is by feeling in some common areas where ticks like to attach. Behind ears, under collars, between toes, in the elbows, and in the groin area are some areas that ticks like to feed.

How do you prevent fleas & ticks in dogs?

There are common medications that are used for prevention that can be purchased at our hospital. They come in different formats, some are topical, while others come in chew form. Ask our team what might be best for your dog.

What are the treatment options for ticks in dogs?

Prevention is key, they come in topical or chewable tablets. There is also a Lyme vaccine available, which would be great for animals in higher risk areas. If your animal has a tick attached, the tick can be sent away for analysis to see if it is a carrier for Lyme disease.

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Riverview Animal Hospital is committed to doing everything possible to combat the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.

As part of this commitment, effective immediately, Riverview Animal Hospital will be instituting the following precautionary protocol to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

For the safety of yourself, our staff, and the community, clients will not be allowed to enter the building. We have initiated a Closed-Door Policy, we have locked our front doors. Please call 506.387.4015 when you arrive for your appointment. We will meet you outside to get your pet. The exam will take place in our hospital with your scheduled Doctor with communication via telephone. In addition, we are limiting pet food purchases to 2 bags/cases per order. You can also place an order through our Online Store by visiting our website.

EMERGENCY CASES

- If possible, please call us at 506.387.4015 to let us know you are on the way so that we can be prepared to meet you upon your arrival at the hospital.

- When you arrive, please stay in your vehicle in our parking lot and call 506.387.4015, and we'll come to you.

- If you do not have a phone or your pet's emergency is immediately life-threatening, please come to the front door and ring the bell.

WE ARE CHANGING OUR EMERGENCY SYSTEM INTO A TRUE TRIAGE-BASED SYSTEM

We will no longer have suggested appointment times for urgent care situations.

  • Please continue to call ahead to let us know that your pet is having an emergency and that you are on your way.
  • For our emergency hospital - evenings and weekends will be walk in only. Your pet will be triaged by a Veterinary technician, who will determine the level of care that is needed for your pet. Critical patients will be our top priority, and will be seen first.
  • This will increase wait times for patients that are triaged as non-urgent.
  • Thank you in advance for your understanding.


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