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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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Last updated: July 8, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective Monday, July 13, 2020 we have made some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

4. NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

5. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

- Monday to Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Saturday: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
- Sunday: CLOSED

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

Your dedicated team at Mission Ridge Animal Hospital