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Parasite Prevention and Treatment

Fleas and ticks are highly seasonal problems in our region. However, it is not impossible to find fleas and ticks on our pets during winter. Fleas can survive in our homes and certain species of ticks can complete their life cycle in our houses! Come see us to discuss our various prevention products.

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

Fleas and ticks are easily visible to the naked eye once you know how to identify them. The coat of an animal heavily infested by fleas will be covered in droppings and flea dirt. These often look like little black commas and are scattered on the dorsal surface of the animal’s hair. An adult blood-engorged tick can be easily seen and palpated, but more immature tick stages, such as nymphs, can be as small as poppy seeds and are extremely hard to detect on your pet. If in doubt, our veterinary team is here to help.

Why is it so important to treat and prevent fleas?

Prevention is key, given the rapid proliferation between adult fleas (rapid environmental contamination) and the easy transmission from one pet to another!

Adult fleas feed on your pet’s blood and can cause anemia when there is a heavy parasite burden. They can also cause flea allergy dermatitis. The flea saliva causes this allergic reaction with itching and skin lesions. What’s more, they can be a vector in the transmission of tapeworms (Dipylidium caninum). Fleas can also easily jump from one pet to another!

What are treatment options for dogs with ticks?

When you see a tick on your dog, it is important to remove it as soon as possible. Qualified animal health technicians at our clinic use specially designed tick tools to facilitate their removal. An owner who is comfortable doing this can remove one on his own by purchasing a specific tool in a veterinary clinic (tick remover or tick twister). We recommend wearing gloves to avoid direct contact with the tick. A blood test will then be recommended to screen for tick transmitted diseases. Our veterinarians will then be able to advise you if your dog has contracted a tick-borne disease.

What are simple steps for treating fleas in a senior cat?

We offer safe products in our clinic that treat and prevent fleas in senior cats. We also offer products that do not require a veterinary prescription, you just need to know your cat’s weight and age. Most treatments involve topical applications once a month for a minimum of 3 months. All household pets susceptible to fleas need to be treated!

Last updated: May 30, 2021

Dear Clients,

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

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

  • Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. 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.
  • 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".
  • 3. OPERATING HOURS We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 8 am - 8 pm
    Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm
    Sunday: Closed

    5. 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.

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

    - The team at Hull Veterinary Hospital