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.
Fleas and ticks are a few of the external parasites that can affect pets. They are most prevalent in the spring and summer months, and can transmit a variety of diseases. Fleas can also cause secondary dermatitis and discomfort. Both fleas and ticks take a blood meal from their host, which they need in order to lay eggs and reproduce.
Examining your dog’s coat on a regular basis is a good idea. Part the fur all along the body and check for any bugs or black specks. Engorged ticks are quite large and fairly easy to find. They can often be confused with skin tags. Fleas are much smaller, but can be seen by the naked eye on close inspection. The presence of flea dirt is also a good indication, usually seen as black flecks at the base of the fur.
How do you prevent fleas & ticks in dogs?
Fleas are very athletic and can jump onto your pet in a split second, often from another dog, but they can also live in the environment. Ticks are usually found in long grasses and forested areas. Avoiding unknown dogs and tall grasses is an obvious way to decrease the risk of getting these parasites, but may not suit your livelihood. Topical and oral medications are also available from your veterinarian.
What are the treatment options for ticks in dogs?
There are a variety of products available to prevent fleas and ticks, both oral and topical. Most medications cause the parasite to die after they take a blood meal and ingest the medication in the bloodstream. Some kill the parasites just from contacting the skin. Your veterinarian can prescribe something that works best for you.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 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 are OPEN with the following hours:
- Monday to Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm - Saturday: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm - Sunday: CLOSED
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
Your dedicated team at Mission Ridge Animal Hospital