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.

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Dog Fleas and Ticks

Flea and tick prevention and treatments are always improving. There are a variety of options from topical to oral administration. Even the frequency at which the product needs to be applied varies. Flea and tick control is tailored to you and your dog’s lifestyle. These products are very effective and generally easy to give.

How can you tell if your dog has fleas & ticks?


A dog who has fleas is often an itchy dog. Sometimes you can see live fleas running around on your dog, and sometimes you can see flea dirt, darkly coloured “speckles” on your dog’s skin. Ticks are not itchy, and owners will often only find ticks on their dog while they are petting or grooming them.

How do you prevent fleas & ticks in dogs?


There are many effective products available from your veterinarian to help prevent and treat fleas and ticks on your dog. There are both oral and topical therapies available. Please contact your veterinarian to discuss which product is right for you and your pet.

What are the treatment options for ticks in dogs?


If you find a tick on your pet, it is recommended that you bring them in to have it removed. Our staff is trained to identify whether the tick could be a Lyme carrier that should be sent away for testing.

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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 waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 905-664-4888. We will bring your pet into the hospital for an examination with the veterinarian. The veterinarian will then call you to discuss our recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a technician will return your pet to your car and take care of any needed medications and payment.

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. However, if you're unsure whether your pet needs medical attention, please call us to discuss your situation.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday 8 am - 4 pm

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 hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the Online Store, please visit our website.

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

Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

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 disease.

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 Briarwood Animal Hospital