Unfortunately, fleas and ticks do more than just "bug" our beloved pets – as
parasites that attach and feed on the blood of other organisms, they have the
potential to cause serious harm to our canine companions.
Black-legged ticks in particular may carry the bacteria that cause Lyme disease, which can be transmitted to dogs and humans through the bite of infected ticks, and can result
in severe illness if not detected and treated early enough. As Toronto's tick
surveillance program demonstrates
, the number of black-legged ticks in our city is
growing and their territory is expanding every year. In addition to the risk of
disease transmission, flea and tick bites can also cause extreme discomfort for
our pets as the bite site may become itchy, irritated and inflamed, and as with
any open wound, there is always the risk of infection.
Since these critters don't seem to have received the memo about social distancing,
it's up to us to take the necessary steps to protect our pups from fleas and ticks!
And as any competent veterinarian will tell you, the best approach for keeping
your dog safe during flea and tick season is prevention, which means managing
your environment, protecting your pup, and ensuring early detection of fleas and