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.

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Fleas and Ticks and Worms, OH MY

Lions and Tigers and Bears OH MY!

Better known as fleas and ticks and worms OH MY! In the vet world…

Spring has sprung and the grass has risen, now is the time to think of the creepy crawlies which can infest your pet and your home. These are all commonly dealt with here at North Town.

  • Fleas are small, fast moving parasites which suck blood from your pet. The saliva can cause allergies and itching, hair loss, and much more. Some animals are so infested they become anemic, especially if they are very old or very young. An adult flea can jump 18 inches (45 cm) in a single jump! They will bite humans too but they prefer our pets. Flea dirt, which is most easily noticed on the belly of your pet, is actually flea feces and is digested blood from the flea. Treatment usually involves a monthly drop on the back of the neck or down their back. All products are not the same though – cats and dogs are different! All of the products we use are very safe and effective for your pet.

 

  • Ticks are parasites generally picked up in long grass or in the woods. They start very small, nearly invisible at times and grow larger after lodging. They embed their heads into the animal and can transmit several diseases including Lyme disease, Anaplasmosis, Babesiosis and Ehrlichia. Prevention could either be topical such as Advantix and Revolution or an oral chew available for dogs called Bravecto. Testing for these diseases is now a part of our heartworm testing protocol in a test called 4dx and we can treat when they are detected. If you notice a tick on your pet, don’t try and remove it yourself as it can be difficult to get the head out, it is better to bring them in to North Town so we can remove it for you safely.
  • Internal parasites are often invisible scrooges to your pet’s health. From roundworms causing risk to humans under the age of 5 to heartworms causing heart disease, these are most definitely intruders we want to evict, fast! All of our heartworm products treat the majority of intestinal parasites along with preventing them. Fecal examination is part of the yearly checkup so that we can be proactive and get these buggers before they cause any real harm to you or your loved ones.

Here at North Town we are always here to help answer your questions and give your pet optimal health. Come on by and keep your spring and summer clear of these pests the safest way possible!

 

By Kristy Heywood

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North Town Veterinary Hospital is committed to doing everything possible to combat the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.

As part of this commitment, effective immediately, North Town Veterinary Hospital will be instituting the following precautionary protocol to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

For the safety of yourself, our staff, and the community, clients will not be allowed to enter the building. We have initiated a Closed-Door Policy, we have locked our front doors. Please call 905-451-2000 when you arrive for your appointment. We will meet you outside to get your pet. The exam will take place in our hospital and our Doctor will communicate the results of the examination via telephone. You can also place an order for pet food through our Online Store by visiting our website.

EMERGENCY CASES

- If possible, please call us at 905-451-2000 to let us know you are on the way so that we can be prepared to meet you upon your arrival at the hospital.

- When you arrive, please stay in your vehicle in our parking lot and call 905-451-2000, and we'll come to you.

- If you do not have a phone or your pet's emergency is immediately life-threatening, please come to the front door and ring the bell.

Online consultations are now available!

- If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

Thank you in advance for your understanding.