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 very prevalent in Saskatchewan. The main concern with ticks is the potential for transmitting illnesses, such as Lyme disease. We are lucky in Saskatchewan, as ticks are more of a nuisance than a vector for disease. Of all the ticks in Saskatchewan, about 1% are deer ticks, which are a known carrier of Lyme disease. Most of the ticks in our province are the Dermacentor tick (also known as the American dog tick). Although Dermacentor ticks are not a competent host for most tick-borne diseases, we never say never, so please contact Cumberland Veterinary Clinic to discuss a prevention protocol for your dog’s individual needs.
Ticks will often feel like a skin tag or mole, on the surface of your dog’s skin. The tick will burrow its head into your dog’s skin and the body will be sticking out. You can remove ticks at home by grasping the body between your fingers and pulling them straight out. If you are not comfortable handling the tick, you can use tweezers or we have a very handy tool available for purchase, called a tick lasso. If you are still squeamish, please contact Cumberland Veterinary Clinic and we can assist you with the removal of the tick! Ticks are attracted to warm crevices such as the groin area, armpits or beneath the ear flap.
How do you prevent ticks in dogs?
There are two types of products available for tick prevention. Oral chews and topical applications. Both products need to be administered on a monthly basis and are safe and effective for your dog.
What are the treatment options for ticks in dogs?
Ticks can fall off on their own, but generally need to be removed manually. If you have travelled to other provinces and are concerned that your dog has transmitted a tick-borne illness, please contact Cumberland Veterinary Clinic.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 11, 2020 the 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, 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 us. 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 - 5:00 pm - Saturday: 9:00 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 Cumberland Veterinary Clinic