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

Fleas are a small blood-sucking parasite that can infect both cats and dogs. They cause extreme pruritus or itching and, in extreme circumstances, can cause severe rashes. Luckily, these can easily be treated with medication.

Deer ticks are highly prevalent in the country, specifically in the Oakbank and Bird’s Hill area, and may spread multiple diseases including Lyme’s disease. Ticks are very hardy creatures and are present in the environment once it is consistently above 4°C. Dogs will begin to develop clinical signs such as lethargy, inappetence, sore joints and fever 2 to 5 months after being bitten by an infected tick. Tick-borne diseases are tested via an in-hospital blood test. When caught early, it can be treated with a targeted antibiotic. If left untreated, it may eventually cause damage to vital internal organs. At Oakbank Animal Hospital, we highly recommend seasonal oral or topical tick prevention for dogs who have an at-risk lifestyle.

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


Fleas can sometimes be tricky to spot because not all dogs will react the same to them. If your dog has fleas, you may notice several small black flecks throughout their fur known as the “flea dirt” which is, in fact, the flea’s feces.

Ticks can be found just about anywhere on the body. If seen, you can grasp the tick as close to the dogs’ body as possible and pull out with firm constant tension. Ensure the entire tick has been removed. Ticks do not always stay attached to one dog or one site until they are fully engorged; as such, they can be easily be missed if they fall off early.

How can I prevent fleas and ticks on my dog?


Fleas and ticks can both be avoided with preventative medication.

What are the treatment options for dogs who have ticks?


The most effective, safe and proven preventative option for dogs is with oral chewable pills. Treatment for dogs who test positive for a tick-borne disease is specific to the type of disease and the severity.

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Last updated: September 4, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. We are still providing the same excellent patient care that we always have, but with some changes 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 to Thursday: 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
- Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Saturday: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
- Sunday: CLOSED

Note: After-hour emergency services are available for regular equine patients only. All other patients with after-hours emergencies, please contact Bridgwater Veterinary Hospital and Wellness Centre at (204) 452-0911.


NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Oakbank Animal Hospital