We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.

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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: May 29, 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. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

4. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

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

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