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.
Recently I attended a lecture presented by Dr. Susan Little, a veterinary parasitologist from Oklahoma State University that focused on ticks and tick-borne illness. She spoke of the deer tick and the American dog tick, two species commonly found in Ontario, but she also spoke of new and emerging tick species: Rhipicephalus sanguineus the brown dog tick and Amblomma americanum the lone start tick.
The brown dog tick usually found in the southern United States is unique in its ability to live and reproduce indoors. Ticks typically do not infest a house or kennel but in the case of the brown dog tick all three life stages (larva, nymph and adult) can survive indoors. An infestation can be difficult to eradicate as these ticks can survive for long periods of time without feeding from a host. Home infestations can take several months and multiple professional insecticide treatments. This tick is found more commonly in northern locations including Ontario. There has been a rise in part due to adoption or movement of dogs from the Southern US and the Caribbean to Ontario. Fortunately, this is easily avoided with proper treatment of dogs travelling from these areas. The brown dog tick does not transmit Lyme disease but can transmit Ehrilichia canis and Rocky mountain spotted fever causing, bleeding abnormalities, fever, lethargy and neurologic disease which can be life threatening in some cases.
The other emerging tick species is the lone star tick. This tick gets it name from a distinct white spot found on its body and from its natural home in the southern United States. This tick can now be found throughout the eastern U.S. and as far north as Wisconsin. Very recently this tick has also been found in Ontario. This is of concern as the lone star tick also transmits disease such as Ehrlichiosis which until recently was not found in Ontario unless the dog had travelled out of the province. This tick can also transmit Ehrlichia chaffeensis, the agent causing human monocytic ehrlichiosis and Cytauxzoon felis which causes a potentially fatal disease in cats. It is thought this tick is making its home further north due to the warming climate and by dropping off migrating birds.
In response to the rise in ticks the veterinary industry has brought several new tick prevention products to the market with more coming. Every dog owner should have a discussion with their veterinarian to determine the right tick prevention plan for them.
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