Close up of a tick in a dog's fur

Dog Fleas and Ticks

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

Dogs with fleas are often scratching or chewing at themselves. Some people see fleas jumping, find flea dirt, and can get bit themselves. The smallest tick can often go undetected. Most ticks found on a dog are already engaged with a blood meal.

How can I prevent fleas and ticks on my dog?

There are many flea and tick medications available to fit your dog’s lifestyle including oral and topical medications. It is recommended to check your dog regularly.

What are the treatment options for dogs who have ticks?

If you find a tick on your dog, remove it. If you are uncomfortable doing so, a member of our team will be happy to help. The tick can be sent to a lab to identify the species. The next step will be to get your dog started on a tick preventative. We strongly recommend yearly tick disease screening. A blood test can identify if your dog has been exposed to a tick.


dog laying on bed

Why Does My Dog Walk Around in Circles Before They Lay Down?

Circling around before lying down is likely a residual instinct from when their ancestors lived out in the wilderness. Your dog’s ancestors would have paced in circles to flatten down and warm their sleeping area.

Read More
See All Articles

Last updated: August 3, 2021

Dear Clients,

In order to maintain everyone's safety and prevent the spread of COVID-19, the following procedures have been implemented:

If you have a fever, new or worsening cough, shortness of breath, runny nose, nasal congestion, loss of sense of smell, sore throat, painful swallowing, headache, muscle aches, fatigue, loss of appetite, chills, or fever we ask that you do not attend your pet's appointment.

If you have been instructed to self isolate for 14 days due to travel from Eastern Canada, travelled outside of Canada, had contact with someone known to have COVID-19 in the last 14 days, or are waiting for COVID-19 test results we ask that you do not attend your pet's appointment.


We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 7:30 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday: 7:30 am - 8:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sunday: Closed


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 St. Vital Veterinary Hospital