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.
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.
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: 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