All About Ticks and Fleas

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Ticks

We have seen an overwhelming increase in the tick population in our immediate and surrounding areas! With this in mind we wanted to provide thorough and up to date information on ticks, how to remove them, the diseases that they can spread and how to protect your pet as well as yourself, all in one convenient location. Don't hesitate to call the clinic with any questions or concerns.

Tick Types

The 4 major types of ticks that have been documented in our area.

Tick Removal

Our step by step guide to safely removing and disposing of that unwanted Tick

Tick Statistics

For the most up-to-date information for your area and projections for the coming year visit, Companion Animal Parasite Council by clicking on tick statistics.

Lyme Disease and Your Dog

Commonly asked questions about ticks and Lyme disease answered.

Myths vs. facts: The truth about ticks

What you have heard about ticks, their diseases and how to remove them set straight.

Read Dr. Curie's Series of articles on Ticks


Article 1 on Ticks

Article 2

Article 3

Fleas

Fleas can be a constant battle that can quickly get out of control in your home and on your pet if you don't stay ahead of them. Keeping your pet on year round flea prevention can definitely help in the struggle.

Did you know:

  • Fleas have 4 life cycles: Egg, Larvae, Pupa and Imago (adult)
  • A flea can jump vertically 7 inches and horizontally 13 inches
  • Female fleas lay 20 eggs in a batch and 1 female can lay 5000 or more eggs over her life
  • It takes a flea 4-6 weeks to go through it's life cycle and reach adulthood
  • Fleas have a large life span range depending on environmental conditions, ranging from as short as 3 months to several years

Flea Lifecycle

The Flea Battle

Remember that if your pet is an avid swimmer or gets bathed more than once a month the topical protection that you are using weakens each time they are wet, decreasing it's efficacy.