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Parasite Control and Prevention for Pets

Our team here at Champlain Animal Hospital takes your pet’s immunity seriously. Through regular vaccines and preventive medications, we can protect your furry family member against harmful mites, ticks, fleas and other parasites. Once they find your pet as their host, they cause significant irritation, pain and can even trigger severe medical issues. To learn more about the parasite prevention options that we have for your pet, please call our team at 705.742.4243.

How can you tell if your pet has fleas and/or ticks?

If your pet gets fleas or ticks, you may notice them excessively licking and scratching themselves. They may also experience redness and bleeding of their skin as well as hair loss. Aside from this, you can actually see fleas and ticks on your pet’s fur or skin. Fleas look like black pepper. (This makes them easier to spot on furry friends with lighter coloured fur.) Ticks look a lot like skin tags and as they eat more and more of your pet’s blood, they will get larger in size.

Do pets need parasite protection in the winter?

Definitely! Many assume that fleas and ticks are pests to worry about in the summertime. The truth is, they can actually survive even in the winter, and can reproduce especially if they make their way into your home! Year-round parasite preventive medications are the best way to keep your furry friend protected.

Do indoor cats need parasite protection?

They really do! Parasites can make their way into your home through other animals (e.g. other pets, cockroaches) and even through you by way of your clothes or other possessions. Even if your cat spends 100% of their time indoors, they still need protection, though perhaps not as much as say a barn cat or a hunting dog.


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Is Rabies Virus Really A Risk For My Pet

Rabies is one of the oldest and most feared viral infections of all time. Despite having a vaccine available, every year, there are 55,000 human deaths worldwide. Of the 25 human deaths from rabies in Canada, the most recent was in 2012, and all happened after exposure to bats. In Canada, there were 239 cases of animal rabies in 2017 and 183 in 2018.

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Last updated: March 18, 2022.

Dear Clients,

With the upcoming changes to masking requirements for Ontario, we would like to share our updated protocols.

As a large group working very closely together, our staff will continue to wear face masks to help ensure that we stay healthy and are able to provide the best medical care we can.

It has been so nice to welcome clients back into the clinic. As we ease into reopening, we will continue to keep our doors locked for the time being. If you require assistance, please call (705) 742-4243, or knock on the door and we will be happy to assist you.

Upon arrival for your scheduled appointment or surgery admission, please call to let us know that you are here. The doctor or technician will call you as soon as we are ready for you. At this time, they may ask you for some further information prior to you bringing your pet into the hospital.

We will be continuing to offer curbside pickup for food and medications at this time.

As always, as things change we will continue to update our protocols as we feel necessary. If you have any concerns or questions, please feel free to call us or email christinep@cahpet.ca


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


We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

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

- Your dedicated team at Champlain Animal Hospital