Dog Fleas and Ticks

The lower mainland is not only one of the most popular places for people to live – fleas and ticks like it here, too! Fleas and ticks are probably the most common complaint for dog owners. The good news is that prevention is very safe and can be as easy as giving your dog a monthly treat! Prevention can be safely started as early as 8 weeks of age, since fleas also carry tapeworms and can easily pass them on to your puppy.

How can I tell if my dog has fleas or ticks?

There are a few ways to check if your dog has fleas. One of the simple tests you can do is stand your dog over damp paper towels and give them a good petting or brush to shake up their fur. If a pet has fleas, often there will be flea dirt (feces) that will drop onto the wet paper towel. If there is any, this will turn red, as flea feces are made up of your pet’s blood. This test can also be done by running a flea comb through your pet’s fur and wiping the debris with a wet paper towel.

Ticks can be harder to detect. Until a tick has attached to your pet and begins to feed, they can be quite small and hard to spot. Once attached, they will often be mistaken for a skin tag.

If you are unsure if your pet has fleas or ticks, feel free to contact one of our animal care team members and we can arrange a time for you to meet with them to help.

How can I prevent fleas and ticks on my dog?

Our hospital carries a number of products designed to prevent fleas and ticks, ranging from topicals to tablets. Some only need to be given every three months. Which product works best for you will depend on your dog and their lifestyle. Please contact our office to discuss which option is best for you.

COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members

We are not accepting new patients at this time due to higher than normal case-loads, and pet boarding services are suspended until further notice. Thank you for your understanding. 

Note: If you are experiencing respiratory symptoms, please let us know when you book your pet’s appointment. As the potential to spread to pets is still relatively unknown, it is possible that your pet could create a risk to other people who may be handling him or her. Whenever possible, please send someone who is not experiencing respiratory symptoms to the appointment with your pet.

The following changes are effective as of March 2nd, 2022:

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur. 

If you have any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out by email at info@southburnabyvethospital.com or by phone at 604-526-0334.

- Your dedicated team at South Burnaby Veterinary Hospital