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Dog Fleas and Ticks

Fleas and tick prevention is a very important part of caring for your dog. The discomfort and health problems associated with fleas and ticks can easily be prevented. Talk to your veterinarian today to see what approach is best for your dog.

How can you tell if your dog has fleas & ticks?

When your dog has fleas, they will tend to scratch and chew at themselves due to the discomfort of having fleas crawl and bite them. You may see flea dirt on the skin of your pet. Flea dirt is the feces from the fleas. If left untreated or if there is an allergy to fleas, the pet may develop more serious skin problems. Unfortunately, most people do not know their dog has ticks unless they feel one or happen to see one. They can be quite tiny and often hide in places you may not easily see such as armpits, ears – especially if they have a long coat of fur!

How do you prevent fleas & ticks in dogs?

Prevention is key. There are a lot of great products to combat fleas and ticks including oral or topical products. There are various approaches to fleas and tick control. Some popular choices are Bravecto, Advantix or Nexgard to name just a few. Talk to your Veterinarian to see what the best approach is for your pet based on their unique lifestyle.

What are the treatment options for ticks in dogs?

Tick protection is as unique as your dog. We encourage you to speak with your Veterinarian to see what approach is best for you and your family. For example, are there cats in the home? Some tick control products are harmful to cats. Do you take your pet in the woods? Do they swim a lot? Your veterinarian will discuss the various options and recommend an approach that suits your pet’s needs.

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The past 5 years at Clayton Park Veterinary Hospital have been incredible. Exciting, fun, challenging, heartbreaking, eye-opening, stressful, and at times, difficult; but amazing. Every day that passes, I have fallen more and more in love with animal medicine.

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Last updated: September 13, 2021

Dear Clients,

The province of Nova Scotia will enter Stage 5 of the COVID re-opening plan on September 15. Here is what Stage 5 will look like at Clayton Park Veterinary Hospital:

  • Masks are required for all clients entering our hospital, as well as for all our staff
  • Telemedicine appointments are available to anyone who cannot wear a mask inside our hospital
  • 1 client per exam room allowed (exceptions will be made for end of life procedures)
  • Credit cards are the preferred method of payment
  • Curbside pickup of food and medication is still available. Please call ahead of time so that we can have your order ready upon your arrival. A reminder that we require 48 hours notice for food and prescription orders. To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
  • OPERATING HOURS

    Monday to Friday: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
    Saturday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Sunday: Closed

    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.

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

    - Your dedicated team at Clayton Park Veterinary Hospital