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Fleas & Tick Prevention

A common parasitic nuisance in the warmer weather, fleas are easy to prevent but difficult to treat. Severe flea infestations can take over your entire household, affecting all residents including your pets. A little-known fact is fleas can lay up to 30,000 eggs at once and they hibernate for up to 6 months, before needing a blood meal.

How can you tell if your dog has fleas?

You may notice your dog scratching or grooming excessively. In severe cases, dogs can have hair loss or skin infections. You may also note a black pepper like debris in your dog’s coat, that is considered “flea dirt.” Adult fleas can actually be seen by the naked eye.

How to Prevent Fleas

We carry a variety of prescription flea medication for your dog. Our veterinary team can help you make the right decision for your pet. We do not recommend the use of store-bought flea products; for these can be highly toxic and ineffective.

What are the treatment options for ticks in dogs?

There are several new prescription options available to help treat ticks. These products are specific for multi-pet household, as some products should not be used around cats.

How can you tell if my dog has ticks?

Adult ticks are large enough to be seen on your dog. Feeding ticks can engorge themselves to a large size and may appear to be a grey skin tag or lump. Dogs with thick or longer fur may require a tick comb, or brushing to remove any fleas that have attached. We suggest after any long walk or hike that you thoroughly pat down your dog, or even use a lint roller to catch any unwanted tick travellers.

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