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Dog Fleas and Ticks

Fleas and ticks are common external parasites that can cause disease and skin irritation to your pet. Should you suspect your pet has fleas or has had exposure to ticks, please call the clinic for advice on oral and topical treatment options.

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

On occasion you will be able to see fleas or ticks on your pet if you are diligent in looking through your pet’s fur on a regular basis for these external parasites. Sometimes, however, these little parasites can be very evasive. On occasion, we will find droppings (poop) left behind by the fleas in the dog’s fur when clients come in for a consult as their dog is unable to stop scratching. Should you think you see a tick or flea on your pet it is always best to call the clinic for our recommendation on what to do in each individual situation.

How do you prevent fleas & ticks in dogs?

Fleas and ticks can be easily prevented by using one of the many oral and topical parasite preventatives on the market. If you are not already using some form of flea and tick prevention, I would recommend calling the clinic to discuss what would be most appropriate for your pet and their lifestyle.

What are the treatment options for ticks in dogs?

There are both oral and topical tick preventatives for dogs on the market. Some of these are administered monthly and some every 3 months. If you are interested in picking up some tick prevention for your dog, please call the clinic and one of our wonderful staff members would be happy to explain your options and help you decide which one is best for your current situation. Please note: most liquid tick preventions are toxic to cats in their “wet” form. Once applied and allowed to dry for 24 hours your dog and cat can resume their normal interactions as before. If you have any concerns about the potential effects on your cat, please contact your veterinarian before you apply the dose to your dog to make sure it is safe.

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