We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.

Tapeworm Talk

Echinococcus multi-locularis is a tapeworm that has become more prevalent over the last few years in Alberta. It is zoonotic, meaning that if it is ingested by humans the worm can find its way to the liver and act like a slow moving cancer. There are no early symptoms and can go unnoticed for years until the infestation has grown and damaged the liver, sometimes beyond repair.

How can your dog become infected? Rodents that are infected with the eggs are eaten by coyotes or foxes where the eggs develop into adult tapeworms. If a dog eats coyote feces containing tapeworm eggs or an infected rodent they can also become infected and eggs will be present in their feces. Although this tapeworm is rarely harmful to dogs and coyotes it is harmful to humans.

How do you become infected? The most common way is from eating unwashed fruits and vegetables that are contaminated with eggs. Handling soil or your pet without washing your hands after are also possible ways to become infected as the eggs are passed through the feces. If you eat or touch your mouth without washing your hands it is possible to ingest the eggs.

What can you do to prevent yourself or your dog from getting infected? The good news is that transmission is preventable! Don’t allow pets to wander freely and unobserved as they may capture and eat infected small rodents or eat fecal matter. Pick up the fecal matter as soon as possible in your backyard and in parks. Wash your hands after handling a pet or soil. Wash fruits and vegetables before eating them. Always wash hands before eating.

It is recommended to regularly deworm your dog. Dewormer available from your regular veterinarian will prevent your dog from shedding the eggs in their feces which will help prevent transmission to you. For more information on the recommended deworming protocols please refer to our blog.

Written by Leah Sandberg ,RVT

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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-door" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 780-458-3833. We will take a history of your pet from outside of your car, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Saturdays 9:00 - 2:00 pm and closed on Sundays.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the clinic. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment from your vehicle.

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

6. 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 Mission Ridge Animal Hospital