Parasite Prevention and Treatment

In Québec, ticks and fleas are the two main external parasites that infest our pets. These nasty critters can be harmful to both dogs and cats.

How are fleas treated?

There are two ways to treat parasites: medication or preventative products. Veterinary shops carry antiparasitics in different forms: squeeze-on products, treats, sprays, etc.

Fleas: Fleas are small parasites that bite your pet in order to feed off its blood. They can be found on dogs and cats, and they are a health risk to both species. A flea infestation can lead to itching, allergic reactions, the transmission of intestinal worms and anaemia.

Fleas reproduce quickly, so it’s important to act fast once you’ve detected them, as the situation can quickly become unmanageable. A female flea can lay up to 20 eggs per day!

How do you remove a tick?

There is a specific way to remove ticks from your pet. If a tick is not removed correctly, there is a greater risk of transmitting Lyme Disease. To remove it, take a pair of tick removal tweezers. (They have a flat surface and are designed not to crush the tick.) What you need to remember when pulling out a tick is not to crush it. You must also pull it out in one go, without tearing off the head.

Ticks: Ticks feed off animal blood, just like fleas. But unlike fleas, ticks bite. Ticks are bigger than fleas and generally visible to the naked eye. The biggest risk with ticks is Lyme disease, which they can carry and transmit.

Last updated: September 2021

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!


  • Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
  • Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
  • Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication
  • 3. OPERATING HOURS We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 8 am - 5:00 pm
    Saturday & Sunday: Closed

    4. NEW PET OWNERS 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.

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

    - The team at Clinique Vétérinaire Dre Suzanne Marcil