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.
Ticks are parasites that feed on the blood of their hosts, whether that be dogs, cats, humans, or other small mammals. They are increasing in frequency in South Eastern Ontario, and because they are carriers of multiple diseases, they are a major concern for both our pets and us.
There are at least 15 species of ticks in North America, although only a few are likely to be encountered by our pets. The American dog tick is the most common tick affecting the Hamilton area. The adults are chestnut brown with white spots or streaks on their backs, and they are most numerous in the spring. The black-legged tick or deer tick is also quite common in the Hamilton area. Adults are reddish-brown with a solid black back. The Black-Legged Tick can transmit Lyme disease and Anaplasmosis to both ourselves and our pets. Finally, lone star ticks are characterized by a single white-yellow spot on the females backs and a scattering of white spots/streaks on males. They range in colour from browns to tans; lone star ticks are present throughout the year.
To remove ticks from your pet, grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible using blunt tweezers. Do not twist or squeeze the ticks, as this may cause the mouthparts to remain in the skin, which increases the risk of transmission of infection. It may take some time with constant slow pressure to remove the tick. Following removal, disinfect the bite area with soap and water.
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
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 905-664-4888. 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 to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm - Saturday & 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