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.

Dog Parasites

We want to share some great information about parasite control for your dog!

Parasites, such as fleas, ticks and worms are something we need to protect our beloved four-legged creatures from all year long. These parasites don’t care what size your dog is, what type of coat they have, or their age; all they care about is their next meal.

Although fleas are more common in the warmer months, they can be active all year long if they find a home that is warm and cozy. You might ask, “How did my dog get fleas?” Fleas can be contracted from dog to dog contact, or any other animal including rodents or wildlife that your dog has had contact with. These persistent fleas can hitchhike a ride into your home on people too. If you notice fleas on your dog, yourself, or in your home, it is important to treat all animals in your home (even cats) for a consecutive three months. We want to ensure that your pets are protected for the entire lifecycle of a flea.

Ticks may not be an issue every day of the year, but they are an issue every month of the year. Ticks are active and will attach to your dog at 4 degrees Celsius and above. Nova Scotia is a very high risk for Lyme disease, which is spread through the Black-Legged Deer Tick (the most common tick found). The Lyme disease prevalence map for Nova Scotia can be found at petsandparasites.org. Other ticks that are common in our area are the Brown Dog Tick and the American Dog Tick. These ticks can bring diseases such as Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Tularemia, Ehrlichiosis, Anaplasmosis, and more. Year-long tick prevention is key in the prevention of unwanted tick-transmitted diseases.

Worms are another parasite that many dog owners have questions about. Worms typically live inside your dog’s gastrointestinal system, but some worms can live in other places like the body’s muscle layer, liver and lungs. Monthly deworming is needed to prevent unwanted worms. The most common intestinal worms are roundworm, hookworm and whipworm. We also see tapeworm which your dog can get from eating mice, birds or if they eat live fleas! Roundworm is a common worm that can be transmitted from the mother dog through their milk during nursing. It is why it is essential to deworm your new puppy regularly when they first come into your home. It is crucial to deworm your dog monthly if they are around children or immunocompromised people as most intestinal worms are zoonotic, which means humans can get contract these worms. Deworming also prevents unwanted eggs in your dog’s poop from being shed into the environment and infecting other animals.

At Fairview Animal Hospital, we have a large variety of flea and tick prevention and deworming. These methods range from monthly to every 12 weeks, chewable tablets to topical ointment. Please ask our knowledgeable staff about flea and tick prevention today!

Written by: Victoria Jones, RVT

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

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 23, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 902.443.9385. One of our staff members will obtain a history via phone and meet you at our front door to bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return your pet to you outside once the veterinarian discusses a recommended treatment plan.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive vaccinations for adult dogs and cats as well as puppies and kittens. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. We are still OPEN but are now working with reduced hours, reduced staff numbers and a need to close for extensive cleaning between shifts. Monday to Friday 10am-2pm, 4pm-7pm; and Saturdays from 10am - 2pm

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. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will take payment over the phone and place the items in a pickup bin located just outside our front doors.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

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.

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 Fairview Animal Hospital