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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.


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Last updated: February 28, 2022.

Dear Clients,

Effective Tuesday March 1st, we will once again be allowing one pet parent to accompany their pet into their appointment. We will continue to allow two family members to attend end of life appointments.

We are happy to accommodate with a curbside appointment should you prefer or if you are feeling under the weather.

Please remember kindness matters! Disrespectful or unkind behaviour toward our team will not be tolerated and may result in refusal of service.

- Your dedicated team at St. Vital Veterinary Hospital