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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Prevent Fleas & Ticks this Spring!

As the weather turns the corner and spring is finally en route, it’s time to talk about flea and tick prevention. Winters on Vancouver Island do not get cold enough to kill off the insects; many of our clients keep their dogs and cats treated all year round.

Parasite Prevention Focus at Mill Bay Vet is starting at the beginning of April, continuing through July. Through Facebook, our website and information at the front desk, we will be educating clients (and staff members) about protecting our furry friends and ourselves from flea bites and the dangers of ticks.

Have you brought your dog or cat in for an office visit within the last year? If so, you can come in and pick up a prescription flea/ tick medication for your pet. If we haven’t seen your pet recently give our reception team a call and they can book you an appointment to see a veterinarian. This is the bulk of the products we carry to prevent ectoparasites

Simparica is a flavoured tablet that is given orally once a month to your dog, killing adult fleas before they have a chance to lay eggs. This breaks the flea’s life-cycle, which is essential to prevent a flea infestation. Simparica also kills five species of ticks. With the population of ticks growing in Canada, avoiding ticks on your dog helps prevent diseases that can affect both humans and dogs. This flavoured tablet lasts for the full 30 days and dogs seem to love the flavour.

Next on the bestseller list is Bravecto! Bravecto is a flavoured tablet that is given orally, which kills fleas and ticks, lasting for 12 weeks. Dosing every three months can be handy for those busy households. Bravecto now has a topical product for cats that kills fleas for 12 weeks and ticks for eight weeks. Apply the full contents of the tube to the back of your cat’s neck and Bravecto will do the rest. Both Bravecto and Simparica are for animals over six months of age.

Nexgard is another chewable tablet used to prevent fleas and ticks. This product can be used for puppies and adult dogs.
Sentinel is a chewable tablet that kills fleas and some internal parasites. This tablet is dosed monthly and can be purchased in packages of six.

If a topical product is what you prefer, we carry Revolution for BOTH CATS and DOGS. Revolution is applied once a month and kills fleas, ticks, and some internal parasites. Other than Bravecto for cats, Revolution is very useful in keeping your cat parasite free. For those clients who haven’t been in for a visit in the last year, we also sell Advantage over the counter.

In addition, Advantage is a topical solution applied once a month to a dog or cat, sold in packages of four or six month supply.

It is a good idea to check your dog and cat regularly for ticks, and if you find one be sure to remove it promptly with a tick twister or check Youtube for safe ways to remove a tick. Be proactive and have your pets treated for parasite prevention. Contact us today, and your cat or dog will thank you, so will your carpets and bedding!

Written by Meghan Seal, Inventory Specialist

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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