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Dog Fleas and Ticks

Ticks have increased in our area. The cases of Lyme disease have increased at an alarming rate. Preventative for both is highly recommended. Fleas have been more resistant over the years; our drug companies work hard yearly, to improve their products.

How can I tell if my dog has fleas or ticks?


The first indication that your dog may have fleas is the increased scratching and chewing at the base of its tail. In some cases, the skin becomes inflamed and possibly infected. If you see reddish-brown specks on your dog’s skin, it may be flea dirt.

Ticks are usually found while grooming or petting your pet. They feel like lumps that vary in size, this is where the tick has embedded into the skin.

How can I prevent fleas and ticks on my dog?


We offer topical and oral medications that prevent fleas and ticks. They are available for every size of dog and formulated to fit the needs of every dog. All our flea and preventives that we sell are prescription items. They work and are not harmful to your pet.

What are the treatment options for dogs who have ticks?


Firstly, we would remove and identify the ticks. The veterinarian will recommend the proper test for your pet if they believe it is necessary. If necessary treatment will be suggested.

 

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Lyme Disease

What is Lyme Disease? Lyme disease (Borreliosis) is an infection caused by bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi. It is transmitted by deer ticks and can infect many different animals, including dogs, cats, and humans.

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Last updated: May 29, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 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. NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

5. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

- Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
- Saturday: 8:00 am - 12:30 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 Elgin Animal Hospital