Tick And Flea Control

Ticks and Fleas: Is My Pet At Risk?

Ticks and fleas can attach themselves to your pet as they go about their daily routines. Pet owners may already know that ticks and fleas thrive in one of your pet’s favourite and most frequent playgrounds – the backyard (fleas thrive in moisture and shade of grass, and ticks enjoy tall grass they can hide in), but some pet owners may be unfamiliar with other places these parasites could be pouncing on your pets. Fleas are capable of jumping close to a foot in the air vertically to jump onto your pet, and ticks can latch on to their victims for up to five days to feed without the victim even knowing. Fleas also jump from animal to animal. Because it is so easy for a pet to pick up fleas and ticks, it is also easy for these parasites to hitch a ride on your pet and begin to infest your home as well.

How Do I Know If My Pet Has Ticks And/Or Fleas?

  • The first sign of fleas on a dog or cat is often unrelenting scratching. If you have a light-coloured pet or one without a lot of furs, check it for very small flat brown insects and little brown flecks. Scrape a couple of those brown flecks onto a paper towel, add a few drops of water and smear them. If the result causes red dots or smears on the paper towel, that is a sign of fleas.
  • Symptoms of a severe flea infestation can include bumps, a rash, raw red wet areas, hair loss around the base of the tail and an unpleasant odour. If you suspect your pet has fleas, consult us. 
  • Ticks attach to their host and take a blood meal for hours and sometimes days, so you may find an attached tick with its head burrowed under your pet’s skin. The tick may have already bitten and detached, so it’s not uncommon for pet parents to miss tick bites on their pets.

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