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.


Community Parks and Dogs

End of school is here!  As a mum of two young boys, we live in our little park. Dogs pass through with their owners enjoying an evening walk, the kids are playing grounders and building sand castles, and the parents are unwinding from a hectic day at work and after-school activities.

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