Parasite Prevention & Treatment

Living in Canada, our pets are at risk of exposure to a number of external parasites, including fleas and ticks. When the snow and ice starts to thaw, these parasites start looking for a meal. It’s important to keep up with your prevention medications!

A flea problem on your pet means a flea problem in your home! Understanding the flea life cycle and methods for its control can be a daunting task. We can provide you with all the information you need to understand how to protect your home and your pet.

In recent years, due to the changing climate, tick populations are rising in Southern Ontario and treatment is now highly recommended for all pets, particularly those who spend time outdoors. Some ticks can make our pets very ill; for example, deer ticks can transmit the bacteria that causes Lyme Disease. Ticks thrive at temperatures above 4°C and we are seeing them more and more in urban areas as well as in our own backyards.

Heartworms are internal parasites that are transmitted through infected mosquitoes. As temperatures increase, so does the mosquito population!

At Canyon Hill Animal Hospital, we believe that avoidance is key! And the key to avoiding heartworm, ticks, and fleas is through the use of preventative medications to protect our pets. We’ll help you to figure out how best to protect your pet based on your lifestyle!