In Québec, fleas and ticks are the most common parasites found in pets and can pose a serious health threat to your furry friend. All pets are exposed to ticks and fleas, even those that don't go outside. Our clinic offers many antiparasitic treatments. Talk to our team members to find out the best options for your pet.
What are ticks?
Ticks are small parasites measuring between 1 mm and 9 mm. They attach themselves to the skin of animals and humans and feed on their blood. They're mainly active in the spring and summer and are found in damp areas, tall grass and woods.
What are fleas?
Fleas are small insects between 1 mm and 4 mm. Pets are at highest risk for developing them between August to October. Like ticks, fleas feed on blood.
How do I know if my pet has fleas or ticks?
When your pet comes in from outside, you should pay close attention to see if a tick might be attached to their skin under their coat. By brushing their coat or examining their body, you'll see if they have ticks.
The best way to tell if your pet has fleas is to have them stand on a white surface, such as a piece of paper, and stroke their coat. If small black specks fall on the surface, spray them lightly with water. If a red ring appears, your pet most likely has fleas.
What should I do if my pet is bitten by a tick?
Ticks stay attached to the skin, so be sure not to pull on them. If any part of the tick's body gets stuck under the skin, an infection can develop. The best way to get a tick out is with tick removal pliers. If you're not sure how, you can make an appointment to come into the clinic so we can remove it safely.
What if my pet has fleas?
If your pet has fleas, you'll need to remove them with a flea comb and thoroughly clean all bedding and any areas your pet may have come in contact with. Some larvae may remain, but with proper cleaning, you can stop them from attacking your pet again. If you're not sure exactly what to do, please contact us for advice.