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Is My Dog’s Tick Medication Safe?

You might have heard there has been some discussion in the media about the safety of some tick medication. The medications being discussed are all of the same type (Isoxazoline Class A) but are made by different companies. These include Bravecto (Merck Animal Health) (Simparica (Zoetis) and Nexgard (Boehringer Ingelheim).

This class of drugs has undergone extensive testing and has been used for many years with few reported side effects. However, when any drug is administered there is always a risk of adverse reactions. The most common ones associated with this drug class are lethargy, vomiting and diarrhea. The risk of neurological events including seizures is less than 1 in 10,000 cases (0.0001%).

Our area is now endemic for ticks. Ticks are living and reproducing here which means that the chance of your pet encountering a tick is increasing each year. And due to the hardiness of ticks, we are seeing them attached to dogs as early as February and as late as December.

Talk to your veterinarian about your lifestyle, and we will help you to choose the right tick prevention for your pet.

Written By: Jennifer Merry – BSc(Agr), DVM

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Last updated: December 11, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we have made some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

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

4. NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

5. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday to Friday: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm


6. GROOMING SERVICES

If your pet requires grooming, please give us a call and we will put your name on a list. Our groomer Stephanie will contact you directly to schedule an appointment.

7. COUNTRY TAILS DOGGIE DAYCARE

As of Tuesday, May 19, 2020, Country Tails Doggie Daycare is open! Their temporary hours of operation are 8:00 am - 6:00 pm. You may get touch with one of our daycare team members at (905) 690-8005 or at countrytails@clappisonvet.com

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Clappison Animal Hospital