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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Dog Fleas and Ticks

Fleas and ticks are a big concern for our pets. Both can be year-round and be a huge nuisance to our pets if left untreated and can cause serious illness.

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


Fleas are very hard to see themselves as they are very small and fast. Generally, we detect fleas by finding flea dirt on our pet by using a fine-tooth comb run through their hair. Small black specs that look just like little tiny specs of dirt but when moistened turn red as it is actually flea poop which is blood. Ticks are generally noticed on the pet and can be mistaken for a wart or blend of skin. Ticks can carry many diseases and it is important to protect your pet from them.

How do you prevent fleas & ticks in dogs?


Fleas and ticks can be prevented with a monthly dose of medicine which comes in a topical solution or as a tablet form.

What are the treatment options for ticks in dogs?


Prevention for ticks in dogs come in different options of once a month topical or pill form or a once every 12-week pill form.

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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. 

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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.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

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

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

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


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.

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