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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Protecting Your 2 Legged and 4 Legged Family Members from Parasites

Did you know that your pets have the potential to spread disease and parasites to you and your family? As a parent of young children and four fur-babies, this is a real concern for me. Zoonotic disease is the term used for those diseases that can be transmitted directly or indirectly from animals to humans. We can also be directly affected by vector-borne diseases, which are diseases transmitted by fleas or ticks. The most well known vector-borne disease is Lyme disease.

It is common for puppies and kittens to be born with intestinal parasites, and adult pets can be infected as well. At least with our pets, there are ways that we can prevent the infections, but parasites carried by wildlife can be particularly concerning. The best way to prevent transmission from wildlife is not to feed wildlife, or do not allow children to play in areas frequented by wildlife.

One of the most common parasites is Toxocariasis (Roundworms). It is a parasitic worm infection that results from the accidental ingestion of parasite eggs passed in feces of infected cats, dogs and wildlife. Children are particularly vulnerable to Toxocara parasites, developing fever, and damage to their lungs and liver, as well as visual loss.

Reducing the Risk for your Family
There are several ways to reduce the risk of parasitic infection to your pets and family.

  • Avoid eating raw meat
  • Restricting access to contaminated areas
  • Practicing good personal hygiene
  • Disposing of pet feces regularly
  • Wash fresh fruit and veggies

Parasites, including fleas, can infect your pet any time of year. With the guidance of your veterinarian, we can help you find the appropriate prevention to use year-round to keep your pet and family safe.

The Companion Animal Parasite Council is a fantastic resource if you would like more information.

Written by: BJ, CCR

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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.

Last updated: Tuesday, May 19, 2020

1. We are currently operating a "closed-door" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 519-773-3911. We will take a history of your pet from outside of your car, 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.

2. We can now see all cases by appointment only.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours:
Monday to Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday from 9:00 am - 12:00 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 and take payment from your vehicle. We do have our online store available, which can be accessed from our website by clicking the online store button. We have currently lowered our delivery fee, and it's free for orders over $50.

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

6. Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

7. 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 Aylmer Veterinary Clinic