Did you know?

Fleas and ticks can survive in Canada year round! Protect your pet by using preventative medication and regularly checking for fleas and ticks throughout the year. Pests that have found their way inside can survive and breed if left alone. If you don’t have an active prescription for preventative flea and tick medication, now is the time to schedule an appointment to protect your pet.

Not only are fleas and ticks maddening with all the itching, but they can also create problems in our pets. Some pets are allergic to their bites and end up with skin issues — fleas are also known for transmitting tapeworms. Your veterinary team can help! We carry a variety of flea/tick prevention products to suit your pet’s lifestyle and needs. These are prescriptions that we discuss during your pet’s annual wellness check up. 

If you notice symptoms such as excessive scratching or biting, red and irritated skin, or hair loss please let us know immediately and request an appointment.

close up of tick removal from dog

It’s important to note…

While fleas and ticks are most common in temperatures above 4 degrees celsius, they can be found in BC year round. Make sure to regularly check your pets for fleas and ticks as they can fall off pets and latch to humans. 

For more information on  parasite prevention, check out more information on fleas and ticks here

Internal Parasites

We want nothing but the best for our furry companions, and this means we also have to have conversations about the less fun and fluffy aspects of pet ownership. So, here we go, let’s talk about heartworm disease. 

Spread by mosquitoes, heartworm is an internal parasite that poses a threat to our pets if left untreated. Even indoor pets are at risk as mosquitoes can easily find their way inside. But the good news is, internal parasites are almost 100% preventable. Prevention isn’t a one-time deal, it requires regular attention and commitment, so it is crucial for all pets, regardless of their lifestyle, to be tested and protected. 

A visit to your veterinarian will help you understand the best prevention methods and we can create a plan for your pet’s unique needs. Heartworm can be difficult and costly to treat once contracted, but by working with us on a prevention plan, you can most likely avoid this. Think of prevention like carrying an umbrella on a gloomy day—you might not need it, but if the rain starts pouring, you’ll be glad to be prepared. 

At our practice, we offer a variety of products that protect your pet from internal parasites like heartworm, hookworm, whipworm, and roundworm, as well as external parasites such as fleas and ticks. We are happy to discuss different options with you during your next visit. 

If you don’t have a prevention plan in place, now is the time to establish one:

chart with information of internal parasites
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