Dog Fleas and Ticks

Even though fleas and ticks are small, they can be a big problem and be a nuisance. We recommend keeping your dog protected with preventives. Please talk to our team to see which medication best suits your pets needs.

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

With fleas, you may notice your dog scratching or chewing at their body. You may also see small pepper-like flakes on your dog’s skin, commonly known as flea dirt. Ticks burrow their head into the skin of the dog leaving their bodies out. As they feed, they will engorge and swell up causing a lump on the surface. If you are unsure your pet has fleas or ticks, one of our health team members would be happy to help you.

How do you prevent fleas & ticks in dogs?

Preventives are available in topical (applied to the skin) and oral forms. Please talk to our team to see which medication best suits your pet’s needs and lifestyle.

What are the treatment options for ticks in dogs?

If your dog has a confirmed tick, it should be removed with traction (if you are unsure please come in or contact our team for advice) and topical or chewable medication can be prescribed to kill any hidden ticks and prevent future infestations. If a deer tick is found on a pet or human, it can be sent to a laboratory that can identify tick-borne diseases including Lyme, Anaplasma, and Babesia. It only takes one bite from an infected mosquito or () tick for your pet to become infected.


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