Ticks are skin parasites that attach themselves to an animal host to feed on the animal’s blood. Afterwards, they drop to the ground to lay numerous eggs and die. Ticks can carry diseases which can be passed on to your pets during feeding and they can also cause skin irritation leading to infection. Ticks are usually encountered in grassy wooded areas when hiking on Vancouver Island. Ticks often attach to a dog’s head and chest area but it is important to systematically check over the whole body, especially in long-haired dogs. Cats are good at grooming themselves and removing their own ticks, but it is good practice to check them over as well. What do ticks look like? The …
Cobble Hill Animal Hospital
*Unfortunately, we are not accepting new clients at this time*
UPDATE REGARDING COVID-19 PROTOCOLS:
To all our valued clients,
Thank you for your patience as our protocols have changed once again to allow those with appointments back into the clinic. Please read the following to better understand our current safety protocols:
*We require everyone entering the clinic to wear a mask.
*We ask that when you arrive at the clinic you let us know you are here by calling 250-743-4322 (if you are unable to call please come to the door and we will be with you as soon as possible)
*If you have an appointment you will be allowed to enter the clinic with your pet. If you feel safer, you are welcome to remain outside the building. Plexiglass has been installed at the front desk and in each exam room.
*Please bring and keep cats in cat carriers and place the cat carrier on the exam table when directed to do so.
*Curbside pick-up is still necessary for medicines, food, and supplies in order to keep the number of people in clinic at a minimum.
* If you are feeling unwell for any reason, have been exposed or tested positive to COVID-19, or have travelled in the last 2 weeks we ask that you please stay home. If your pet needs to be seen, then you must call ahead to inform staff of your circumstances BEFORE you arrive at the clinic so that staff have ample time to prepare for the arrival of your pet. You may have a trusted friend or family member bring your pet in; however, you still must call BEFORE to give staff ample warning that you and your pet fall into any of the above categories. If these are not options, please call us and we can advise you of the best course of action.
*We will continue to step up our already intense cleaning and disinfecting protocols.
*We have asked our staff to stay home if they have been exposed, are not feeling well or have been travelling, which may leave us short staffed and slower than normal.
*We are offering a few house call appointment slots. Inquire and book by calling the clinic.
Lastly, we are asking for your patience while we do our best to keep everyone safe.
1486 Fisher Road
Cobble Hill, British Columbia
Phone: (250) 743-4322
Fax: (250) 743-7736
Mon-Fri: 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Saturday: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Please call for further assistance during an emergency
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