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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“Ew, What Is That!?”

Many of us will hear that saying now that winter has said its goodbyes. Ticks are creatures that no one wants to find, visualizing ourselves or our pets being bitten is an awful feeling!

Did you know that there are at least 15 species of ticks and currently 4 species within our region?

The American dog tick, also known as the wood tick, feeds on both humans and pets, but rarely infests homes. Their bodies are a chestnut brown with white spots or streaks on their backs, and range in size from 1/8-inch long as an unfed adult, to 1/2-inch long as an engorged adult! They are attracted by the scent of animals, and humans most often encounter them near roads, paths, trails, and recreational areas. They are present all year round, but most numbers are found in the spring. The American dog tick requires anywhere from 3 months to 3 years to complete a life cycle and is dependent on climatic and environmental conditions for its eggs to hatch.

The lone star tick lives in wooded and brushy areas, typically along creeks and rivers. The females have single white spots on their backs, and the males have scattered white spots. The adults can range from 1/3 inch long to a 1/2 inch long, depending on the stage of feeding. All stages of lone star ticks will bite dogs and humans, but the larvae and nymphs tend to prefer small wild animals, birds, and rodents. This tick is present throughout the year, but the adults tend to reach peak populations from March to May, repeating itself from July to August.

To ensure that your furry family members are protected from these pesky critters, make sure your pets are on a form of tick prevention medication, which can be an oral or topical medication. During your appointment with your veterinarian, ensure that you are fully informing them of where your pet is active. Your backyard could be the perfect home for these pesky critters!

Call us for more information at 905-664-4888.

Written by Briarwood Animal Hosptial Team

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Last updated: June 25, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 15, 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

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 Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Saturday: 8:00 am - 4:00 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 Briarwood Animal Hospital