Ticks! Yuck!

If you’ve ever found a revolting grayish pink insect sucking blood out of your dog’s neck, it won’t likely help much to know that, here in Quinte West (Trenton), ticks don’t often carry disease. The “yuck” factor associated with these ugly bugs is enough to send most pet owners scrambling for help.

Ticks are a growing problem in this area as climate changes and host distribution influences their populations. For several years, we have been seeing a rise in the number of pets presenting with ticks.

Mainly a spring and fall problem, tick infestations vary from a single engorged insect well-embedded in the skin to dozens of tiny ones just starting to feed. Most of the ticks in this area are “American Dog Ticks” which are not commonly known to carry disease in this part of the world. However, we also have fairly large populations of “deer ticks”. In the Brighton area, particularly in Presqu’ile Provincial Park, deer ticks have been identified that carry Lyme disease. Prince Edward Point in the county is another area known to be infected.

Lyme disease is a complicated condition usually causing lameness in dogs, but it can have more severe consequences for both dogs and people. Information about ticks and lyme disease is available from many sources, including this public health website: Health Canada. It also provides information on how to submit ticks to the appropriate place for identification and testing.

If you are concerned about (yuck) ticks on your own dogs or cats, please contact Hillcrest. We will be glad to help with prevention, testing or just simple removal of these unwanted hitchhikers. There is a vaccine available for lyme disease and a topical that helps to kill ticks of all types.

Detailed (but American) information about lyme disease in dogs can be found at Veterinary Partner. Many “anti-tick” products available in the U.S. cannot be purchased in Canada, unfortunately.


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Last updated: December 14, 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, Wednesday, Friday: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Tuesday, Thursday: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm (Nutrition Centre Only)
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