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.

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Dog Fleas and Ticks

How can I tell if my dog has fleas or ticks?


Dogs with fleas are often scratching or chewing at themselves. Some people see fleas jumping, find flea dirt, and can get bit themselves. The smallest tick can often go undetected. Most ticks found on a dog are already engaged with a blood meal.

How can I prevent fleas and ticks on my dog?


There are many flea and tick medications available to fit your dog’s lifestyle including oral and topical medications. It is recommended to check your dog regularly.

What are the treatment options for dogs who have ticks?


If you find a tick on your dog, remove it. If you are uncomfortable doing so, a member of our team will be happy to help. The tick can be sent to a lab to identify the species. The next step will be to get your dog started on a tick preventative. We strongly recommend yearly tick disease screening. A blood test can identify if your dog has been exposed to a tick.

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Last updated: May 11, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 11, 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

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 & Tuesday: 7:30 am - 6:00 pm
- Wednesday & Thursday: 7:30 am - 8:00 pm
- Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Saturday: 8:00 am - 3:00 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 St. Vital Veterinary Hospital