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.


Bullseye or Black Fly?

Tis the season for black flies and ticks! This time of year, we get a lot of calls from concerned owners who think that their dog has a bullseye mark from a tick bite. The interesting fact is that dogs don’t get the stereotypical bullseye that we associate with tick bites and Lyme disease. The bullseye can only be seen, sometimes, in humans who have been bitten by ticks. Lyme disease in dogs is commonly indicated by a shifting lameness, fatigue, loss of appetite and sometimes, they don’t even show any signs at all. Below, is an example of a bullseye that can be associated with tick bites on a human.


These examples below are of black fly bites on a dog. Thankfully, they usually look worse than they actually feel and most dogs don’t bother at them too much. In most cases, we don’t treat black fly bites unless they are extremely bothersome to the dog, or if they become infected. It is most common to find these bites in the groin area, belly, face, or anywhere that the skin is exposed, with minimal amounts of hair.

tick bites

If you have concerns about ticks, please don’t hesitate to contact us and we are happy to help answer any questions you might have, in regards to ticks and tick prevention. Unfortunately, we do not have prevention for blackflies, as we do for fleas and ticks. Some tricks I’ve heard include tying a dryer sheet around their collar or using small amounts of child safe bug spray.

Written by Kelsey Hewgill, RVT


Veterinarian giving a cat a vaccination

What you need to know about kitten vaccinations

Kittens will get vaccinations at 8 weeks, 12 weeks and 16 weeks, then annually. Overview A vaccine is a substance created to incite an immune response for a particular disease.  It needs to be given multiple times to a kitten to initiate his immune system. 

Read More
See All Articles

Last updated: June 26, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.


This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!



We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday to Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday: Closed


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.

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

- Your dedicated team at Hillcrest Animal Hospital