Preventing Ticks on your Pet

Ticks have taken over the news in recent years, Lyme disease and other tick borne diseases are coming to light all over North America. Today I just want to talk about how to prevent ticks on your pets and some helpful tips on summer adventures.

Ticks love to live in areas of long tall grass and wooded areas. The ticks hold on to the grass or trees and stick their legs out to catch a host. When they get onto a dog or cat they will migrate to certain areas to get a better meal, especially on double coated or long haired dogs. Below is a diagram showing where ticks like to go and what they look like when they are full of a meal.

cure ticks in dogs

Once the tick has attached it will start to feed on blood. Products like Revolution let the tick take a meal but as they feed the activated medications start to kill them. Some ticks will die but still be attached to the dog or cat, there is no risk to the animal but you still need to remove the tick.

The best way to avoid ticks is to not be in their areas, living in Alberta it’s hard to avoid! Especially in the summer when we are all out with our animals camping, traveling etc. If going out in their areas it’s best to be protected with monthly tick products like Revolution. Apply monthly through tick season, here in Alberta it’s from May to October. In warmer years like this year when ticks are coming out earlier start these products in April and finish in October.  When camping or traveling be sure to check your dog or cat for ticks after being out in wooded areas. Like above check the areas they are most likely to attach to and feed, then give a good whole body check. There are tick removers on the market but be sure to ask your veterinarian on the best way to remove them.

Asking your veterinarian on what products are best for your pet is ideal, over the counter products from pet stores can be harmful to your pets and cause kidney and liver failure. Always consult with your veterinarian before purchasing products.

In Alberta the Lyme risk is low but as we get warmer temperatures there is a risk for it to come here. If you find a tick please submit it to us at Lomsnes Veterinary Hospital as Alberta has a surveillance program to track ticks, to ensure we are up to date with all ticks and what disease they carry into Alberta. In Red Deer there have been ticks found so even if your pet stays in the area please ensure you are using a tick product throughout the summer months. The staff at Lomsnes Veterinary Hospital are here to help your pet be free of these pesky ticks!

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Dear Clients,

As of December 11, 2020 our veterinary hospital will continue to operate with a closed-door policy.


To book an appointment, please call 403-342-6040 or email info@lomsnesvet.ca. Due to higher than normal call volume, we may be busy with other clients and patients. Please leave us a message or send us an email and we will get back to you as soon as possible. We appreciate your patience as we do our best to accommodate everyone's needs.



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With the cold weather approaching we will be changing our curbside pickup protocol:

  1. For the purchase of food, treats and/or medications please call at least an hour ahead of time, and your order will be prepared. Prepaying over the phone is recommended.
  2. Our main door will be open for purchase/pickup of food, treats and medications only.
  3. Masks are mandatory in hospital at all times. No exceptions. Please use our hand sanitizer in the clinic.
  4. Maximum of two people in the reception area at all times.
  5. If you have not already prepaid, you will pay for your order at the reception desk. Please maintain social distancing while in the clinic and do not wander throughout the clinic.
  6. Your order will be ready with your name on it. Once you have paid for your order at the reception desk, you can pick it up on your way out.

*Please note, only one person per family is allowed in the building to pick up items.


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!


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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