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.
Lyme disease is caused by a bacterium; Borrelia burgdorferi; transmitted by ticks that are commonly found on wild deer and rodents. The tick passes the bacteria along by injecting it when the tick bites a human or animal. This transfer can occur after feeding for as little as 24 hours. Not all ticks carry the bacteria which causes Lyme disease. The black-legged or deer tick (known as Ixodes scapularis), is the main tick species which can transmit Lyme disease-causing bacteria.
Most dogs that are infected with Lyme disease do not get sick. Their bodies eliminate the bacteria, and no problems develop. In some dogs, the disease may occur. Signs can be subtle and can include sensitivity to touch, fever, lethargy, inappetence and swollen joints. Symptoms of Lyme disease usually occur weeks after a tick bite.
Tick populations are on the rise in Canada. Previously, ticks carrying Borrelia bacteria were found only in specific areas of Southern Ontario (such as Long Point and Turkey Point). Today, these ticks have been identified in other parts of southern and eastern Ontario, Nova Scotia, southeastern Manitoba and New Brunswick. This increased prevalence means that it is now not uncommon to find ticks in urban areas, and even in manicured backyards!
Effective tick preventive medications are available through your veterinarian. These medications work by allowing a tick to bite. When they ingest blood, the medicine is also ingested which kills the tick and causes it to fall off of your dog. Vaccinating against Lyme disease is also an option. The most suitable preventives for your pet’s lifestyle can be discussed with your veterinarian. Regular tick checks on your dog (and yourself!) after walking in tick-infested areas are another great way to ensure your pet is tick-free. If you find a tick on your pet, call your veterinarian for guidance before removing it.
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