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Dog Fleas and Ticks

Fleas and ticks live externally on your dog and can easily be transferred from one pet to another by direct contact or from coming into contact with contaminated surfaces, such as shared bedding, carpets, and furniture. Fleas and ticks bite and penetrate the skin, sucking your dog’s blood to survive. This bite can introduce blood-borne illnesses such as Lyme Disease to your dog. Dogs are usually very uncomfortable from scratching and often will show signs of skin problems.

How can you tell if your dog has fleas and ticks?

Although fleas and ticks are visible to the naked eye, often times they go undetected until the parasite infestation is out of control. You may notice a tick that is engorged with blood and has been feeding for quite some time, or you may notice your dog excessively itching and scratching due to a multitude of flea bites. Our goal is to prevent fleas and ticks BEFORE we notice them actively calling our dog’s bodies home! If you have any questions about fleas and ticks, please contact Lomsnes Veterinary Hospital.

How do you prevent fleas and ticks in dogs?

Prevention really is the best medicine! A topical treatment prescribed specifically for your dog by our veterinarians is your best option. Once absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream, it is the safest option for ensuring the effective elimination of these blood-sucking parasites. Over the counter medications can be quite toxic to your dog and other pets in the household. If you have any questions about preventing fleas and ticks please contact Lomsnes Veterinary Hospital.

What are the treatment options for ticks in dogs?

Treating your dog with a topical anti-parasitic medication prescribed specifically for your dog by our veterinarians is the best treatment. When you treat with the topical medication, the tick ingests your dog’s blood and they will die and fall off. If your dog has a thick hair coat, ticks can be difficult to find, it may require some searching to find them. It is also very important that if you find a tick on your dog at home, you bring the tick to Lomsnes Veterinary Hospital for further identification. Ticks can carry blood-borne illnesses, such as Lyme disease, that may need to be identified and treated.

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Updated October 20, 2020

Dear Clients,

With the cold weather approaching, effective Monday, October 26th, we will be adjusting our policies to better serve you.

1. WE CAN SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

To book an appointment, please call 403-342-6040 or email info@lomsnesvet.ca. Due to higher than normal call volume, we may be busy with other clients and patients. Please leave us a message or send us an email and we will get back to you as soon as possible. We appreciate your patience as we do our best to accommodate everyone's needs.

2. SAFETY MEASURES FOR APPOINTMENTS

3. PAYMENT METHODS

Credit/Debit cards are the preferred payment method.

4. CHANGES TO CURBSIDE PICKUP

With the cold weather approaching we will be changing our curbside pickup protocol:

  1. For the purchase of food, treats and/or medications please call at least an hour ahead of time, and your order will be prepared. Prepaying over the phone is recommended.
  2. Our main door will be open for purchase/pickup of food, treats and medications only.
  3. You will be required to wear a mask and use our hand sanitizer in the clinic.
  4. If you have not already prepaid, you will pay for your order at the reception desk. Please maintain social distancing while in the clinic and do not wander throughout the clinic.
  5. Your order will be ready on a table with your name on it. Once you have paid for your order at the reception desk, you can pick it up from the table on your way out.

*Please note, only one person per family is allowed in the building to pick up items. To maintain appropriate distance, a maximum of 2 clients will be allowed in the building at a time to purchase items.

5. CHANGES TO OUR SATURDAY POLICY

We understand how important Saturday hospital hours are for our clients. Lomsnes Veterinary Hospital appreciates the dedication of our clients during this difficult time and we will continue to be open and available on Saturdays. However, due to the limited staff and the extra time required for proper sanitization between patients, we are not allowing clients to be present with their pet for the examination. This will allow us to continue to provide the high standard of care to our patients. Thank you for understanding.

6. ONLINE ORDERING 

Online shopping is available for your pet from the comfort of your own home 24/7. Your order will be delivered directly to your home! Visit our website and click on "Online Store" to register. It’s that easy!

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. OPERATION HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sunday: CLOSED

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members!

Your dedicated team at Lomsnes Veterinary Hospital