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

While prevention is the best defence against these parasites, it’s essential to be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of fleas and ticks so that you can help your pet. Fleas and ticks are two of the most common pet care concerns in Canada. Fleas are wingless parasites that feed on blood, can jump up to 2 feet high and live in the environment. Fleas can live for 13 days or as long as 12 months and can produce millions of offspring during that time. Ticks are parasites that feed on the blood of unlucky pets. Although many animals may not even notice they’re there, ticks can transmit many diseases through their bite. Some of these diseases are also zoonotic (meaning humans can contract them too and become quite sick)! Ticks tend to be more active in late spring and summer and live in tall grass, where they can attach to your dog. New studies have shown, that ticks will start to emerge and look for a host as soon as the temperature reaches 5 degrees Celsius (41 Fahrenheit).

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


We don’t see a lot of fleas in the Calgary area, but that doesn’t mean they’re not around! Mostly we see them on farm or acreage dogs. Fleas are usually noticed on a dog’s abdomen, the base of the tail and the head. Common symptoms of fleas are droppings or “flea dirt” in a dog’s coat, flea eggs (tiny white grains), excessive scratching, licking or biting at the skin, hair loss, scabs or allergic dermatitis. Most ticks are visible to the naked eye. Ticks are often the size of a pinhead before they bite. Once they feed and swell with a blood meal, they become very large and almost balloon-like. While these parasites rarely cause obvious discomfort, it is a good idea to check your pet regularly, especially if you live in a tick prevalent area or you like to hike or hunt with your dog frequently. Run your hands thoroughly over your pet every time he comes in from outside, paying particular attention to in/and around the ears, head and paws.

How can I prevent fleas and ticks on my dog?


We can prevent our dogs from getting these nasty parasites. There are a lot of great products you can pick up from your veterinarians, including topical liquids, monthly chewable tablets or chewable chews that last for three months at a time. If you’re worried about fleas and ticks, please come and talk to your veterinary team and we will help you pick out the most effective product for your dog.

What are the treatment options for dogs who have ticks?


You can try to remove the tick yourself but be very careful not to leave the head or mouth part attached as this can cause infection in the bite wound. If not sure, bring your dog in, and we can carefully remove it for you. There also tick collars you can use or topical solution that we put onto the skin of your dog, and this will take care of any other ticks that may be hiding on 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 23, 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 403-278-3168. We will bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. The veterinarian will then call you to discuss our recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a technician will return your pet to your car and take care of any needed medications and payment.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

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

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 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 clinic. Our staff will bring your order to your car.

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

6. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this disease.

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 Acadia Drive Animal Clinic