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.
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.
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 Monday, March 30, 2020:
1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy and "drop off" policy to protect our clients and staff. We ask that you follow these steps:
a. When you arrive, please remain stay in the hallway and use your cell phone to call us at 306.373.3500. Please ensure your pet is either in a carrier or has a collar that can be attached to a leash.
b. Once an exam room is ready, we will come to take your pet from you and into an exam room and call you to take a history and talk about any concerns.
c. Once the exam is over we call you with our recommended treatment plan, we can then arrange to take payment over the phone./p>
d. We will then bring your pet out to you in the hallway.
2. We are giving priority to urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services please give us a call and we can decide if the appointment can be done at a later time.
3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday through Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Saturday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, & closed on Sundays
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 and you will be asked to pay over the phone. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, and we will place your order outside on the table or bring to you in the hallway.
5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.
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 Cumberland Veterinary Clinic