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 a troublesome parasite that is not always easy to spot on your pet. They are a spider-like, egg-shaped creature that has 8 legs. They can vary in size from 1mm to 1cm. Ticks are quite small but can become much larger once they have fed on your pet and have become engorged with blood.
Ticks are most common in woodland and grassland areas, and can even be seen within the city in tall grass or occasionally in your own backyard. They become active in the spring once the weather is above four degrees. They can be found in the environment until the fall, but are typically most active in the spring. They are not able to fly or jump but they can climb onto your pet or occasionally fall from trees.
Ticks love to attach themselves in warm, tight places. The most common areas you will find them are on the head, neck (under collars), or in the ears and feet. We have also seen ticks attached to the eyelids!
The best way to look for ticks is to run your hands over your pets’ body to check for any lumps or bumps. Ticks will often feel like a small mole or skin tag on your pets’ body. Once examined closer you may see the tick’s legs poking out from between its head and body. It is important to check for ticks on yourself and your pet after being outside and especially if you have been walking through tall grass or heavily wooded areas. You can use a sticky lint roller on your pet immediately after being outside to pick up ticks that may be on your pets’ fur but not yet attached.
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