It’s Tick Time Again

With our mild winters and early jump into Spring, we’re already seeing signs of ticks. Did you know that ticks start to appear as soon as the weather hits 4° Celsius? In the Comox Valley, this means ticks can be a pest pretty much all year round. Veterinary practices all across the nation have seen an increase in ticks on pets in recent years. Tick-borne diseases are also on the rise, which is something we should be talking about. Although we are considered a lower risk area compared to parts of eastern Canada, Vancouver Island is currently identified as a risk area for Lyme disease on the Canadian Government Health Services website.

By treating our pets for ticks, we decrease the number of ticks in our environment which helps reduce the risk to our pets and to us. People are at risk from the same tick-borne diseases as our pets. The most common canine tick-borne disease seen in North America is Lyme disease. Ehrlichiosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Anaplasmosis and Babesiosis are also common. On Vancouver Island, the most commonly found tick is the Western Blacklegged Tick.

The best course of protection against a tick-borne disease is prevention! Keeping your pet on a year-long tick and parasite control is the best defence. There are several options available to you from your family veterinarian with a choice of topical, oral and longer lasting applications.

How You Can Protect your Pet

  • Keep your pets on a regular tick and parasite control program.
  • Avoid walking through tall, grassy areas or deer and other wildlife trails.
  • Check your pets regularly for signs of ticks.
  • All year protection is key for prevention of a tick-borne disease. Conditions are often ideal for ticks, even during our winter months.
  • Remove ticks immediately if found. Ticks need to feed for 24 – 48 hrs before they transmit Lyme disease. The less time they have on your pet, the less risk of transmission. This is why veterinary tick prevention products work so well; they kill ticks quickly after contact.
  • Wash the area well with antibacterial soap to avoid a skin infection.
  • Always talk to your veterinarian prior to travel to determine if you will be entering a high-risk area with your pet and start treating well before the risk of exposure.

Symptoms of a tick-borne disease may include:

  • Tiredness and lethargy
  • Muscle/joint pain
  • Fever
  • Decreased appetite

To learn more about how to protect your pet from ticks and other parasites, contact us at 250.334.8400. We can also show you how to safely remove a tick is found on your pet!

Written by Van Isle Veterinary Hospital


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Last updated: December 2, 2021

Dear Clients,

Welcome back! We are happy to be able to invite our pet parents back into the hospital with their pets!! However, we are still following many of our previous health and safety protocols which have know been implemented as part of our communicable disease prevention protocol. We appreciate your patience, understanding and cooperation as we navigate through these times together. By helping to keep each other safe, we can continue to keep your pets safe.


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

We continue to see a significant demand for these types of services. We want to thank everyone in advance for your patience while we work through this. Sometimes this means wait times of several weeks to be seen for non-urgent appointments. This allows our team to properly assess and triage those more critical patients that require our immediate attention. Although restrictions have been lifted, our health and safety protocols have not. It is important we continue to follow the guidelines set out by Worksafe BC and put our team’s safety and that of the public first.


Our DVM team is excited to invite you back into our exam rooms with your pets as long as we have the capacity to do so. To maintain a safe distance, we ask that only one pet parent accompany their pet into the exam room with the doctor. You will be asked to sanitize your hands upon entry and please do not enter our hospital if you are feeling unwell, have been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 or have been told to isolate by Island health.


The use of our online store for easy ordering, payment and delivery of our pet's food, flea and tick medications. Orders over $100 can be delivered to your home for free! CLICK HERE


We continue to offer our clients emergency on call services 7 days a week between the hours of 8:00 am and midnight, including stat holidays.

After-hours emergency care will be referred to Central Island Veterinary Emergency Hospital between the hours of midnight - 8:00 am. They can be reached at 250-933-0913. 

Our regular hours of operation remain the same:

Monday: 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Tuesday - Friday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm

Saturday & Sunday: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Thank you for helping us make this transition in our health and safety protocols as safe as possible, so our team can be at its best and continue to look after you and your pet!

- Your dedicated team at Van Isle Veterinary Hospital