Dog Fleas and Ticks

Fleas and ticks are topical parasites that are often most prominent in the warmer months of the year, typically from April to October. These ectoparasites will live on your pet’s fur and on their skin. Both can bite your dog and consume their blood. Both fleas and ticks cause irritation to your pet but can also have more serious consequences. Fleas are capable of carrying and transmitting tapeworms, while ticks can cause serious diseases such as Ehrlichia, tick paralysis or Lyme disease- a disease capable of being transmitted to humans.

How can I tell if my dog has fleas or ticks?

A strong indication your pet may be carrying around fleas or ticks could be if your dog is irritated and scratching. The best way to check for fleas and ticks is by visual inspection. Using a fine comb can help pull fleas from your dog’s fur. Ticks often engorge and attach themselves to a dog’s skin. They often look like small black lumps on the skin.

How can I prevent fleas and ticks on my dog?

At the Airdrie Animal Health Centre, we have a selection of pharmaceutical products that can help you protect your pet from ectoparasites. These drugs kill both fleas and ticks before they are able to transmit diseases to your pet. Talk to our staff about the product that works best for you and your pet.

What are the treatment options for dogs who have ticks?

Ticks are notoriously difficult to remove as they latch onto the skin while gorging on a blood meal. The best treatment in the case of ticks is prevention. If your dog has not been treated for tick prevention, physical removal on the entire tick is required. If you are having difficulty with the removal of a tick, our veterinary team is here to help.


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Last updated: September 29, 2021

Dear valued clients,

Given the current state of the pandemic in Alberta, we have made the decision to return to a closed-door protocol in an effort to do our best to help control the spread of COVID-19. The health and safety of you and all our staff is our top priority so that we can continue to offer your pets the care they deserve. We ask for your patience and understanding while we navigate these challenging times together.

When you arrive for your appointment, please give us a call from your vehicle. We will ask a few questions before we start the appointment and ensure we have all of your information. We will then meet you and your pet at the door. For all appointments, we ask that you wait in your vehicle in the parking lot while your pet is being examined. The doctor will give you a call once your pet is in the clinic so we ask that you have your cell phone on at all times so there are no delays.

If you are picking up food or medication, give us a call and we will put your order in the bins outside the front Dog Entrance. Please note that you can purchase your food through our online store. Just head over to our website https://www.airdrievets.com/ and choose the online store tab at the top.

Thank you for your cooperation and for helping us all stay healthy. Please be considerate of our staff. We ask only for courtesy and kindness when working with our team as they continue to work tirelessly to provide the best level of care for your pet during these trying times.

Thank you for your continued trust in us.

- Your dedicated team at Airdrie Animal Health Centre