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Dogs Fleas and Ticks

Dog Fleas and Ticks

Fleas and ticks are parasites found outside on your dog’s skin, they are also known as ectoparasites.

Ticks are active whenever the weather is above 4 degrees Celsius. They hide in areas of tall grasses or thick forests and wait for their next meal, your dog, to pass by. We are concerned about ticks because they carry many serious diseases that your dog can become infected with.

Fleas love to jump around your dog and bite its skin to get a meal of blood. They make your dog very itchy and they can even bite you!

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


Most dogs infected with fleas will be very itchy and sometimes you can even see them crawling around. Ticks poke out of your dog’s skin and you may find them while giving your dog a good scratch.

How can I prevent fleas and ticks on my dog?


The veterinarians at Seneca Animal Clinic recommend your dog take preventive medication against fleas and ticks to stop from any infestation. These medications should be taken monthly whenever the weather is above 4 degrees Celsius. We also recommend giving your dog a thorough scratching whenever you come inside from a hike through the woods to help detect ticks.

What are the treatment options for dogs who have ticks?


Special tick removal tweezers are used to remove a tick from your dog. It is important that you do not try to remove the tick yourself as the mouth-parts can get stuck in your dog’s skin. Your veterinarian may recommend follow-up blood and urine testing to detect any possible tick-transmitted diseases.

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Last updated: December 16, 2020

Dear Clients,

Thank you for choosing Seneca Animal Clinic for your pets' veterinary needs. As we continue to adjust to the "new normal," we have implemented new protocols to keep you and our team safe.

It is still preferred that you stay in your vehicle while we bring your pet in for their appointment. However, as of August 14, 2020, we will be allowing one client to accompany their pet during their visit for urgent, new puppy/kitten, or euthanasia appointments.

Should you choose to come in with your pet, we kindly ask that you comply with the following protocols:

  • Our doors will remain locked. Please call us at 416.494.1109 upon your arrival.
  • Face coverings must be worn to enter the clinic.
  • Physical distance with staff and other clients while inside the building.
  • Use hand santizing station upon entry.
  • Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
  • Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
  • If you wish to wait in your vehicle during the appointment, when you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
  • ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

    If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

    NEW PET OWNERS

    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.

    OPERATING HOURS

    We are OPEN with the following hours:

    - Monday & Tuesday: 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
    - Wednesday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
    - Thursday: 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
    - Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
    - Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
    - Sunday: CLOSED


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

    - Your dedicated team at Seneca Animal Clinic