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Dog Fleas and Ticks

Do these pests “tick” you off or have you “fleaing” to another country? These parasites are at best annoying, and at worst downright harmful to your pet. Flea infestations can lead to anemia and heavy intestinal parasite burdens with tapeworm. They can also bite us non-furry folk, and while they can’t live or reproduce on humans they can make us itchy! Due to our ever-changing climate, we no longer have a flea or tick season, and it is best to keep your dog protected year-round. The good news is there are a lot of safe and effective products available through our veterinary clinic that can tackle multiple pests at once. Call us today to find out what option is best for your four-legged friends.

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

Unlike some parasites, both ticks and fleas are visible to the naked eye. You may or may not see your pet scratching if they have fleas. You will likely see either fleas and/or flea dirt (little black flecks that look like pepper). Ticks are larger than fleas and grow as they feed on your dog, changing colour at the same time from a dark brown to greyish. Ticks often look like small skin tags as the tick embeds its head under your dog’s skin and only its body is visible. Ticks should be removed using a specially designed, inexpensive tick remover (e.g. Tick Twister) to ensure all of the head and mouthparts are removed.

How do you prevent fleas & ticks in dogs?

As anyone who has dealt with a flea infestation can tell you, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! Proactively keeping these pests at bay is your best course of action. There are many safe and effective products available at our veterinary clinic to prevent flea infestations and tick attachment. Some products are topical (applied on your pet’s skin) while others are given by mouth. The frequency of administration depends on the product you choose.

What are the treatment options for ticks in dogs?

With a few products to choose from, the protection you use to guard your dog against tick attachment and subsequent transmission of tick-borne diseases like Lyme disease comes down most often to your preference as some products require monthly application/administration while others are designed to last three months per dose.

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Last updated: April 18, 2022

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we can continue providing our full range of services, under certain restrictions. Masks are mandatory for everyone coming inside our hospital. Maximum of 2 clients allowed into our exams rooms per appointment (there's not much room in there!)

Please note that it will take at least 24 hours for all prescription and food items to be ready for pick up (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".

Unfortunately, our bathroom is still closed to the public as it is in our radiology room.

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.

OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday & Tuesday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday & Thursday: 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday: Closed
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.

We are committed to providing a safe and respectful workplace. Abusive conduct or communications will not be tolerated and may result in denial of services.

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

- Your dedicated team at Harbour Cities Veterinary Hospital