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Parasite Control and Prevention for Pets

External Parasite Control and Prevention for Pets

As you may already know, external parasites such as fleas, lice and ticks can be found in the Bow Valley. Some external parasites carry diseases that can be transmitted to humans, i.e., Lyme disease from ticks. For this reason, it is important that your pet has proper parasite protection, which must be updated on a regular basis.

How can I tell if my dog or cat has fleas, ticks, lice, etc.?

Symptoms that your pet has been infected with parasites include excessive itching, scratching, licking or even biting of the skin. Hair loss, skin rashes, scabs, hot spots on the skin, pale gums, and the appearance of the parasite and their eggs and droppings (that usually look like dirt) are other common signs of parasites.

How can I prevent fleas and ticks on my dog or my cat?

The easiest and most effective way to protect your pet from parasites is through topical or oral medications. A wide variety of medications and treatment plans are available that can be adapted to your pet’s specific needs, preferences and lifestyle.

What are the treatment options for dogs/cats who have ticks/ fleas?

The process of removing ticks and fleas from your pet varies on a case-by-case basis. Parasites can be removed through oral and topical medications and manual removal, performed by our veterinary care professionals. If you see that your pet has been infected, seek our help immediately and refrain from performing at-home remedies that may worsen the condition.

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Last updated: September 3, 2021

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we have made some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CONTINUE TO SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

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

Note: Priority will be given to urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations.

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. 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.

4. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday : Tuesday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday : Thursday: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sunday: CLOSED

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

- Your dedicated team at Bow River Veterinary Centre