Parasite Prevention and Treatment
Fleas and ticks are found in Québec mostly during the warmer months, from April to November. However, once fleas have taken up residence inside your home, they can survive there year round. That’s why it’s important to use a parasite prevention treatment.
How can I know if my pet has fleas or ticks?
Fleas are very tiny and generally hard to see with the naked eye, especially if your pet has dark fur. However, if your pet has fleas, you may notice some changes in their behaviour. For example, they may scratch more than usual and chew on their paws. You may also notice red patches on their skin, shedding, or small black particles (flea feces) or white particles (flea eggs) on their fur, bed, or blanket.
As for ticks, their bigger size makes them easier to identify. You can check for ticks by grooming your pet with a fine-tooth comb. Pay special attention to your pet’s face and paws.
What treatments can prevent fleas and ticks?
Parasite prevention treatments come in oral and topical forms. How often you administer them depends on the treatment and the animal. Ask your veterinarian for advice on the best treatment for your pet.
How should I remove a tick from my pet?
If you notice a tick in your dog’s or cat’s fur, it’s important not to panic. Don’t try to squish or kill the tick. Put on gloves to make sure you don’t touch the tick; then, using special tweezers, twist gently to remove it. If you don’t feel comfortable removing it yourself, you can always come to the clinic, where our staff will be happy to help you.