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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Tick Tok 101

It’s spring, which means all of us will be stepping out into the sun.Tick Talk 101

Ticks are arachnids, relatives of spiders, mites and scorpions. They survive on biting humans and animals and feeding on their blood. At 4ᵒC, a tick will start looking for an animal or person to feed on for a blood meal. In most parts of Canada, tick activity begins in early spring. Ticks continue to look for hosts on which to feed throughout the spring, summer and late fall until the temperature consistently remains below 4ᵒC. Ticks can be found in many areas across Canada. They prefer to live in the wooded area, in tall grasses and under leaf litter. Avoiding tick habitats is a good way to reduce the risk of exposure. Ticks crawl – they don’t jump, fly or drop from trees. They are drawn to hidden areas of the body. Be sure to check your pets (and yourself) thoroughly and often after spending time outdoors.

Are ticks increasing in my area?

Ticks have been increasing in number and expanding across Canada over the past 5 years. This is mainly due to changes in our climate, wildlife migration and people vacationing with their pets. With the expansion of ticks, there has also been an increase in reported cases of tick-borne diseases such as Lyme disease. Protecting your pet is important. Aside from being annoying, ticks can cause irritation to your pet if they bite, just as they would to us. If you find a tick in your home, whether on the bed sheets, carpet or floor this is a sign that a member of your family, human or pet, may have brought a tick into the house. If your pet is shaking its head excessively, has a fever or experiences fatigue, loss of appetite or is having trouble walking, this may indicate that they have been infected be a tick-transmitted disease. You should consult us immediately. Better yet, take action before you start to see evidence of ticks on your pet.

Contact us to discuss the protection that would work best for your pet.

Written by Kamloops Veterinary Clinic

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What You Need to Know About Kennel Cough

Kennel cough is a highly contagious upper respiratory infection, that can be caused by a variety of different viruses and bacteria. The kennel cough vaccine available is able to protect against one of the most common sources of kennel cough, but just like with our human influenza vaccine, it cannot cover every strain.

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Last updated: May 29, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, 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. OPERATING HOURS

Monday to Saturday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

With recent operation changes, we have decided to close for lunch daily between 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm. This closure ensures our staff gets a much-needed break and a chance to reorganize orders and catch up.

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

- Your dedicated team at Kamloops Veterinary Clinic