taking a leave of absence from my practice, effective immediately.
A person in my household has a
severely compromised immune system. For the second time in 8 days I have
been informed by York Region Public Health that, despite negative
responses on Covid screening, I have been exposed to a Covid-19 positive
person while doing a housecall. I can no longer risk exposing my family
member to Covid, as the consequences could be fatal. Therefore
I will not be doing any housecalls until further notice.
As I was restricted to essential services only (such
as in-home euthanasia) during Covid lockdowns, I did not see many of
your pets in 2020. I know this causes frustration and anxiety for many
of you who rely on home visits for your pet.
I am available Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm for phone
consultations and advice.
Online Vetstore: orders will continue to be processed.
Examination for illness or injury: please
contact one of the following.
- Holland Landing Animal Hospital (HLAH)
(the same hospital as the Vetstore pickup location) at 905-853-3591
to book an appointment with Dr Kirk Kolas, Dr Paul Venditti or Dr
Christina Watson. Due to extra hygiene measures and physical
distancing requirements, appointment availability may be limited. Let
me know if you book an appointment there and I will email your
pet’s medical records to HLAH.
- A local veterinary office in your area.
Let me know whom you have booked an appointment with and I will
email your pets medical records to them.
- VCA 404 Veterinary Emergency and Referral
Hospital 905-953-1933, open 24/7 at 510 Harry Walker Parkway,
Newmarket at the corner of Harry Walker and Mulock Dr.
- Veterinary Emergency Clinic (VEC) of
York Region at 905-953-5351, open 24/7 at 1210 Journey’s End
- Another housecall veterinarian. I do not have a
specific person to recommend to you, please do an internet search.
Tick and Heartworm Prevention
To order flea,
tick, and heartworm preventive medication: go to the online Vetstore.
For prescription renewals: Call, text or
If you normally use Heartgard, Nexgard
Spectra, Interceptor or Sentinel: these are preventives
that can cause a reaction if given to a heartworm positive dog.
Many dogs did not have a blood test done for
heartworm infection in 2020 due to Covid lockdowns. Your dog must
have a heartworm blood test this year if:
- you did not have strict accuracy in
administration of heartworm preventives to your dog in 2020, i.e.
you were late starting it, missed a month, doses were given more
than 30 days apart, or the prevention was stopped too early (last
dose should have been given in November). If you have
questions about this ask me.
- you want to start on prevention this year but
your dog was not on any heartworm preventive in 2020
Blood test appointments: call either Holland
Landing Animal Hospital, another local vet in your area or another
housecall veterinarian if necessary. If another veterinary
office performs the blood test and dispenses the preventive medication
let me know so I can update your dog’s medical record.
Alternative products that can be safely used
without doing a heartworm test first are Revolution, Advantage Multi and
I will send out another email once I have resumed
Thank you all for your understanding.
Dr. Nancy Mehi