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.
The ‘Other’ bug under the skin. In the summer months, we all worry about mosquitoes and black flies. Our dogs and cats have to worry about these insects as well as fleas and ticks. Recently we have been seeing a not-too-common parasite that gets under the skin of dogs and cats and can cause some big lumps. This parasite is called a Cuterebra and there is nothing cute about it. The cuterebra is the larval (baby) form of a fly called a Bot Fly. This fly lays eggs around the rabbit and small rodent burrows and if our dogs and cats go digging for these animals, the eggs stick to their skin. Once on the skin, the eggs hatch and burrow under the skin where they start to grow. When they reach a certain stage they need to breathe air so a hole is created in the skin and you can actually see the larva breathing under the pet’s skin.
As the larva gets bigger, the lump under the animal’s skin gets bigger as does the hole. When the larva has reached full size (about 2.5 cm) it falls out of the hole and completes its life cycle eventually forming a new Bot fly.
We see pets with these breathing holes and can remove the growing larva before it causes problems for the pets. These larvae are not contagious to other dogs or humans but are just ugly.
If you find your dog or cat has a new lump, it is best to get it checked and if there is a cuterebra larva inside, it can be removed before it causes many problems.
How do I know if my dog's problem is due to separation anxiety?
Separation anxiety describes dogs that usually are overly attached or dependent on family members. They become extremely anxious and show distress behaviours such as vocalization, destruction, or house soiling when separated from the owners.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 2020 some 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 905.857.5057. 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: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm - Tuesday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm - Wednesday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm - Thursday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm - Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm - Saturday: 8:00 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 North Hill Animal Hospital