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A close up of a tick on a dog

Dog Fleas and Ticks

Fleas and ticks, while often thought of with little concern in our area, are becoming more prevalent. These small parasites are not only irritating to our pets, but they can also carry diseases that are transferable from animal to humans. Fleas can cause a skin condition called flea allergy dermatitis. Tick saliva contains a toxin that slowly paralyzes the body. It occurs after prolonged attachment and can be prevented by checking your dog often.

How can I tell if my dog has fleas or ticks?


Dogs with fleas are generally very itchy. If the infestation is severe, you can sometimes see them jumping around on the dog. These creatures are very small but can be combed out of the fur with a special comb. Ticks can range in size from the end of a ballpoint pen to the size of a dime after a blood meal. When attached, they bury their head into the skin. You can often see the legs moving when searching. Ticks are often found in armpits, around the tail, between the toes and around the collar.

How can I prevent fleas and ticks on my dog?


We have many different medications for all ages that cover both fleas and ticks. Keeping your dog on a regular schedule will prevent these parasites from making your pet their home. Regularly grooming and checking your dogs after walks (especially in areas with tall grass) is beneficial for prevention and early detection. There is also a vaccine to protect against Lyme disease, which is a disease carried by a particular type of tick.

What are the treatment options for dogs who have ticks?


If you find a tick on your dog, please give us a call. Not only can we safely remove the tick for you, but we will also send it away to the provincial tick surveillance program. This program will be able to tell us what species of tick it is and whether or not it was a carrier of Lyme disease. Tick paralysis is generally resolved minutes after the removal of all ticks.

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Last updated: May 25, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 2020 the 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. 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.

5. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday to Sunday: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm

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

- Your dedicated team at Animal Medical Centre North