Dog Fleas and Ticks

Fleas and ticks live externally on your dog and can easily be transferred from one pet to another by direct contact or from coming into contact with contaminated surfaces, such as shared bedding, carpets, and furniture. Fleas and ticks bite and penetrate the skin, sucking your dog’s blood to survive. This bite can introduce blood-borne illnesses such as Lyme Disease to your dog. Dogs are usually very uncomfortable from scratching and often will show signs of skin problems.

How can you tell if your dog has fleas and ticks?

Although fleas and ticks are visible to the naked eye, often times they go undetected until the parasite infestation is out of control. You may notice a tick that is engorged with blood and has been feeding for quite some time, or you may notice your dog excessively itching and scratching due to a multitude of flea bites. Our goal is to prevent fleas and ticks BEFORE we notice them actively calling our dog’s bodies home! If you have any questions about fleas and ticks, please contact Lomsnes Veterinary Hospital.

How do you prevent fleas and ticks in dogs?

Prevention really is the best medicine! A topical treatment prescribed specifically for your dog by our veterinarians is your best option. Once absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream, it is the safest option for ensuring the effective elimination of these blood-sucking parasites. Over the counter medications can be quite toxic to your dog and other pets in the household. If you have any questions about preventing fleas and ticks please contact Lomsnes Veterinary Hospital.

What are the treatment options for ticks in dogs?

Treating your dog with a topical anti-parasitic medication prescribed specifically for your dog by our veterinarians is the best treatment. When you treat with the topical medication, the tick ingests your dog’s blood and they will die and fall off. If your dog has a thick hair coat, ticks can be difficult to find, it may require some searching to find them. It is also very important that if you find a tick on your dog at home, you bring the tick to Lomsnes Veterinary Hospital for further identification. Ticks can carry blood-borne illnesses, such as Lyme disease, that may need to be identified and treated.


Importance of a Urinalysis

A Urinalysis (urine analysis) is often run by your veterinarian when your pet is displaying signs of a urinary tract infection (UTI).

Read More
See All Articles

Last Updated: July 5, 2021

Dear Clients,

As our province enters the next phase of the reopening plan, we are opening our doors with some restrictions.





Online shopping is available for your pet from the comfort of your own home 24/7. Your order will be delivered directly to your home! Visit our website and click on "Online Store" to register. It’s that easy!


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


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.


We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sunday: CLOSED

We will always be here, so your pet will continue to receive the care they deserve. With this new system, we will provide our medical services without compromising the health and safety of our dedicated team members. This protocol may take longer; however, it is something we have to do to keep our community safe. With that in mind, please be extra patient and kind to our team members. These circumstances place added responsibilities and stress on all of us.

These measures are temporary and we will reassess as time goes on. Please keep a lookout for any further updates from our team. Together, we can all help in stopping the spread of Covid-19. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call us at 403-342-6040. Please note that we are receiving more calls than usual. We apologize for any delays that you may experience when reaching out to us.

Your dedicated team at Lomsnes Veterinary Hospital