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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Dog Fleas and Ticks

Fleas and ticks can carry and either directly or indirectly transmit several potential illnesses to humans, as well as cause disease in your dog. External parasites may be less prevalent outside during certain times of the year, however, they often survive in the house during the winter months. creating an uninterrupted life cycle.

How can I tell if my dog has fleas or ticks?

If your dog is scratching that is a good indicator of fleas. You may or may not see fleas and ticks on your pet as they jump on to feed and then jump off. Other indicators of fleas are black specks in the hair coat (flea feces) or white specks (flea eggs). Ticks that have had a blood meal become engorged and are easier to see.

How can I prevent fleas and ticks on my dog?

Ask your veterinarian about effective year-round preventative control measures for fleas & ticks.

What are the treatment options for dogs who have ticks?

There are chewable tablets, and topical administrations available for tick control. There is also a vaccine available for the prevention of Lyme disease which is transmitted by ticks. Please consult with your veterinarian who can make the best recommendation for your pet.

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

The following changes are effective as of Monday, March 30, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 250-743-3223. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan. If you do not have a cell phone please knock on our door to let us know you have arrived and then return to your vehicle.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations as long as we have the staff available to maintain the standard practice protocols. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours:
Monday to Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 3-5 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at Mill Bay Veterinary Hospital