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Dog Fleas and Ticks

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


Fleas are a little harder to spot with the human eye than ticks. They are small and can reproduce very quickly, with each female flea shedding dozens of eggs into the environment each day. Prevention is far more efficient than trying to treat an infestation.

We are usually able to feel a tick once it has attached and starts to feed and engorge. An engorged tick creates a small lump that is often mistaken for a skin tag.

How can I prevent fleas and ticks on my dog?


Prescription medications are recommended for the most effective flea and tick prevention. Both oral and topical options are available. We offer multiple products and will help you determine the most suitable treatment for your pet.

What are the treatment options for dogs who have ticks?


We have a very large challenge with ticks in our area because of the high prevalence of the deer tick, which transmits the bacteria that causes Lyme disease. We recommend a multi-tiered approach to tick and Lyme prevention including vaccination, preventative medications, and daily physical tick checks.

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