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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My Dog Has A Tick!

What now?

A blood test called a 4DX test should be run to determine if your dog has antibodies to one of the five tick-borne diseases (EhrliCanis, Ehrlichia ewingii, Borrelia burgdorferi, Anaplasma phagocytophilum and Anaplasma platys). In our area, the main concern is the organism that causes Lyme disease (Borrelia).

●This is best done 6 weeks after the tick was removed unless your dog has had multiple ticks previously

● If negative – discuss tick preventatives and possible vaccination for Lyme Disease

● If positive, an additional blood test (QC6 test) needs to be done. This is always done 6 weeks after the tick has been removed. This tells us how active the Lyme infection is. Tick preventatives can still be used to prevent further tick bites

● Is your dog sick? Treatment is started in ill dogs that are positive for the initial screening test

● After treatment is complete and your dog appears healthy, we repeat the QC6 test at the 6-month post-treatment mark to ensure the antibody levels have decreased.

Written by Hillcrest Animal Hospital

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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