COVID-19: Ticks, Pets, & Tips
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A vet removing a tick.

It's that time of year. With sustained temperatures above 3 degrees Celcius, ticks are active and hungry. We have already seen several attached ticks on pets.

Due to the restrictions placed on us by COVID-19 we cannot perform annual exams or your dog’s 4DX blood test at this time. However, it is extremely important that you get your dogs and outdoor cats started on their tick preventives.

Please phone our medication line (416) 469-1121, ext. 3 to order your pet's preventive and we will give you instructions on collecting it. We are scheduling all medication pick-ups to allow for social distancing at our front door. By ordering in advance we can have your medication ready and deliver it to you in a safe manner. Please do not arrive at the door requesting medication or food without a scheduled appointment.

The 4DX is a very important test for your dog’s health. It tells us if they have been exposed to any tick-borne diseases or to Heartworm. When normal service resumes we will start performing this test even if your dog is already on their Nexgard and Heartgard.

Pets & Covid-19 Update April 14th

It was announced last week that a tiger at the Bronx zoo was found to be infected with COVID-19. Several other big cats are coughing but only the tiger was tested, as it requires a general anesthetic to collect the samples.

Big cats are similar to our house cats in many ways. Cats were infected during the SARS epidemic, so there is potential for this new Coronavirus to infect them. There is no evidence that they can pass it on to people.

There is conflicting evidence about whether dogs can be infected with the current Coronavirus, but again no evidence that they can pass it to people.

What To Do

Basically, social distancing should include your pets.

If you are sick do not have any contact with your pets, particularly cats.

If anyone in the house is sick keep them away from your pets.

Keep cats indoors if someone in the house is sick. Cats are sometimes not good at social distancing themselves.

Keep dogs away from all other dogs and people if someone in the house is sick. When you are walking your dog, practice social distancing for your dog as you would with people. Keep them away from other dogs and people.

If your pet has been in contact with anyone with COVID-19, be it in your home or out and about, and needs to come into the hospital you must inform us when we arrange the appointmentWe need to take extra safety precautions for our team.

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