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Tick in Dog Fur

Dog Fleas and Ticks

External parasites such as fleas and ticks cause physical irritation to you and your pet. Fleas and ticks are known to spread diseases.

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


Ticks can be found attached to your dog’s skin and often resemble a skin tag. Ticks can begin very small and will grow and change colour as they feed. Ticks transmit a number of diseases that can be problematic for humans, so it is important to take care of yourself if you are in a tick-infested area. Fleas or flea dirt, which looks like pepper grinds, can often be seen frequenting the head, back and belly of dogs. It is important to remember a few things about fleas: indoor pets can get fleas, not all pets who have fleas will scratch and not all pets who scratch have fleas.

How can I prevent fleas and ticks on my dog?


Many flea and tick products are available to be given orally or topically to kill these parasites or prevent them from attaching. These products are very safe and effective provided you have the right type for your pet and are administering as directed. Talk to your vet about what treatment is best for your pet.

What are the treatment options for dogs who have ticks?


Both oral and topical products are available to kill ticks or prevent them from attaching to your dog. Diligent inspection of your pet after potential exposure and prompt removal of ticks is also recommended.

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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 reception area” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to please call the number posted on our windows. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, 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. If you do not have a cell phone please knock our door to let us know you have arrived and then return to your vehicle.

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

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 7:30 pm. Saturday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm and Sunday: CLOSED

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 3-5 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 hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.

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

Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken 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 Avon Animal Hospital