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Dog Fleas and Ticks

Fleas and ticks are a few of the external parasites that can affect pets. They are most prevalent in the spring and summer months, and can transmit a variety of diseases. Fleas can also cause secondary dermatitis and discomfort. Both fleas and ticks take a blood meal from their host, which they need in order to lay eggs and reproduce.

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

Examining your dog’s coat on a regular basis is a good idea. Part the fur all along the body and check for any bugs or black specks. Engorged ticks are quite large and fairly easy to find. They can often be confused with skin tags. Fleas are much smaller, but can be seen by the naked eye on close inspection. The presence of flea dirt is also a good indication, usually seen as black flecks at the base of the fur.

How do you prevent fleas & ticks in dogs?

Fleas are very athletic and can jump onto your pet in a split second, often from another dog, but they can also live in the environment. Ticks are usually found in long grasses and forested areas. Avoiding unknown dogs and tall grasses is an obvious way to decrease the risk of getting these parasites, but may not suit your livelihood. Topical and oral medications are also available from your veterinarian.

What are the treatment options for ticks in dogs?

There are a variety of products available to prevent fleas and ticks, both oral and topical. Most medications cause the parasite to die after they take a blood meal and ingest the medication in the bloodstream. Some kill the parasites just from contacting the skin. Your veterinarian can prescribe something that works best for you.

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

The following changes are effective as of Wednesday, March 18, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a "closed-door" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 780-458-3833. We will take a history of your pet from outside of your car, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Saturdays 9:00 - 2:00 pm and closed on Sundays.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the clinic. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment from your vehicle. We do have our online store available, which can be accessed from our website by clicking the Online Store button.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

6. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid, and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

Your dedicated team at Mission Ridge Animal Hospital