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Dog Fleas and Ticks

Fleas are an all too common problem for dogs and their owners. The little pests are a nuisance that can cause itching and scratching. They can carry disease and they can induce severe scratching and biting of the skin in dogs that are allergic to the saliva in flea bites. Ticks are another little pest that carries diseases and annoy our pets.

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


Signs of fleas include biting at the base of the tail, generalized itch, poor coat, and “flea dirt” which is dried, digested blood. The flea dirt will turn red when wet. You can run a flea comb through your dog’s fur to help gather flea dirt and fleas. Sometimes fleas can be hard to spot. The finding of one flea on your dog likely means there is much more than you have seen. Fleas can carry tapeworms, and the presence of tapeworm segments around the base of your dog’s tail suggests recent flea infestation. Ticks are often found around the head and neck and range in size from a raisin to a pin head. They are often firmly attached to the skin. They can sometimes be felt through the fur more easily than seen. You can usually spot small legs on the large round body.

How do you prevent fleas & ticks in dogs?


Prevent fleas and ticks on your dog by using flea and tick control from your vet year-round. Keep your lawn short and avoid tall grass. Check your dog frequently for ticks, especially when they come inside after a walk in an area known to have ticks.

What are the treatment options for ticks in dogs?


Treatment options for ticks include oral medications such as Bravecto and Nexgard, as well as the topical Revolution and Advantix. No one medication is 100 % effective and you must decide which one is best for you considering you and your pet’s lifestyle.

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Last updated: October 13, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective June 5, 2020 some 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, heartworm testing, 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

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday, Tuesday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday & 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 Eastern Shore Veterinary Hospital