Dog Fleas and Ticks

Fleas and ticks are very common external parasites for our pets. Fleas are small insects that feed off the blood of its host, usually mammals or birds. Ticks are small ectoparasites that also live on the blood of its host, mammals, birds, sometimes even reptiles and amphibians.

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

There are a few ways to know if your dog has fleas or ticks. With fleas, your dog will most likely be scratching constantly and restless. With ticks, you will see the tick stuck to the pet and you have to take precaution when removing the tick. We highly recommend seeing your veterinarian for any removal of these parasites.

How do you prevent fleas & ticks in dogs?

Some ways to prevent fleas and ticks is to use preventative medication, such as Advantage Multi or Advantix. Advantage Multi helps prevent and treat fleas, heartworm, intestinal parasites mange and ear mites. Advantix helps prevent ticks and fleas; these medications are best when used in combination together on a schedule recommended by your veterinarian.

What are the treatment options for ticks in dogs?

It is recommended to have a veterinary technician remove the tick, this is to ensure that the head of the tick is not embedded since that can cause more issues. It is also highly recommended to have the tick tested to see if they are carriers of Lyme disease.


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North Town Veterinary Hospital is committed to doing everything possible to combat the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.

As part of this commitment, effective immediately, North Town Veterinary Hospital will be instituting the following precautionary protocol to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

For the safety of yourself, our staff, and the community we are limiting the amount of clients permitted inside of our building. We have initiated a semi- open door policy to allow one person inside the hospital while your pet is here for a scheduled exam. One person is also permitted inside the hospital for surgical drop offs. Our emergency services remain closed door to clients as our building does not allow for proper social distancing while waiting for the veterinarian. Please call 905-451-2000 when you arrive for your appointment, surgical drop off or emergency service to gain further direction from one of our team members. You can also place an order for pet food through our Online Store by visiting our website.


- If possible, please call us at 905-451-2000 to let us know you are on the way so that we can be prepared to meet you upon your arrival at the hospital.

- When you arrive, please stay in your vehicle in our parking lot and call 905-451-2000, and we'll come to you.

- If you do not have a phone or your pet's emergency is immediately life-threatening, please come to the front door and ring the bell.

Thank you in advance for your understanding.