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Dog Fleas and Ticks

Fleas and ticks are more than just a pesky annoyance to you and your pet. Fleas can infest not only your pet but also your house, multiplying at an alarming rate. If left untreated, flea bites can cause incessant itching and scratching for your pet, which can result in damage and scabbing of the skin, hair loss, and of course, discomfort. Fleas can carry nasty parasites like tapeworms. Ticks can carry dangerous diseases that can be passed to your dog with just one bite. The most talked-about disease is Lyme disease. It is the black-legged tick (or deer tick, Ixodes scapularis) that is the carrier of Lyme disease.

How can I prevent fleas and ticks on my dog?

In Ontario, have a few different species of ticks to be concerned about. This is why we so highly promote and encourage tick prevention. Flea and Tick prevention comes in many convenient forms. An oral chew given once a month (that also prevents heartworm as well) or an oral chew that is given once every 12 weeks (fleas and ticks only), or a topical solution is given once a month (complete with heartworm protection).

What are the treatment options for dogs who have ticks?

If you find a tick on your dog and it has attached itself, please call us and let us have one of our Technicians safely and completely remove it for you. We highly recommend doing a quick blood test approximately 6 weeks later to be sure that nothing was passed during this bite. Unfortunately, doing a blood test immediately following a bite would not give accurate results.


Dog thinking about ticks and fleas

Year-round protection means more peace of mind!

“Tick season” used to mean spring/summer/fall, with a break over the winter – the colder weather meant that we could take a break from worrying about these pesky bugs and the diseases they can transmit. But in the last few years, we’ve seen a change creeping up on us, with the weather staying warm later into the season, and spring arriving earlier each year – and the bugs are loving it!

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Last updated: December 17, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 2020 some restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.


This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!



We are OPEN with the following hours:

- Monday to Friday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Saturday: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
- Sunday: CLOSED


Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

Your dedicated team at Westbridge Veterinary Hospital