Hand holding a tick on fur

Dog Fleas and Ticks

Fleas and ticks are a real nuisance for our dogs. These insects feed on your pet’s blood and can cause health problems ranging from allergic reactions to serious tick-borne illnesses such as Lyme disease. Ticks will be looking for a host anytime it is over 4 degrees Celsius. Fleas are more prevalent in the warmer months, but as soon as it gets cold, they will try to get inside.

How can I tell if my dog has ticks or fleas?

Ticks can be hard to spot in fur. Using a fine-tooth comb and carefully checking your dog every day will help you find them before they are attached long enough to cause a problem. Fleas are also hard to find. Dogs can become itchy and develop scabs before we even notice a flea.

How can I prevent fleas and ticks on my dog?

Prevention is always best when it comes to ticks and fleas! We have Bravecto, which is available in a chewable tablet or topical that you give once every three months that kills adult ticks and fleas and BravectoONE, which is a chewable tablet that is safe for puppies that lasts only one month and does the same. Please call us to discuss the best prevention for your pet’s lifestyle.

What are the treatment options for dogs who have ticks?

Bravecto is the recommended tick treatment available at Manitou. This product begins killing ticks within 4 hours. Completely removing the tick manually with a tick twister or tweezers is important as well. You can do this easily at home but we also offer tick removal by a technician if you are at all uncomfortable. (We get it, they are gross!)


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Dear Clients,


At Manitou Animal Hospital our primary goal is to care for your beloved pets. By extension, this means keeping you as a pet parent healthy as well. Many of you have already recently visited the hospital and have personally experienced the additional safety procedures we have put in place to ensure the well-being of you and your pets using our “closed waiting room” policy.

Our "closed waiting room" policy:

  1. When you arrive in the parking lot, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call 519-893-1360. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns.
  2. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination.
    We ask that you remain in the parking lot and keep your phone turned on.
  3. The Veterinarian will call you once the physical exam is complete to discuss the recommended treatment plan.
  4. We encourage credit card over the phone as the preferred payment method. We can also accept e-transfer.
  5. A staff member will bring your pet and any medications back outside to you.

During the coming months and as long as COVID-19 continues to circulate in our community we at Manitou will continue to offer our services using these enhanced safety procedures, including the curbside and closed waiting room service model. For the health and safety of everyone, we will not be able to have you accompany your pet(s) into the clinic for procedures at this time. We unfortunately would just not be able to meet proper physical distancing requirements and ensure your safety and our team's.

We typically have a significant number of clients [100+] visit our clinic daily whether it be for medication, food or for a visit with the veterinarian or vet technician. Space in the front room and the exam rooms is very small, a well documented factor for increased risk of COVID transmission. If everyone were to come inside our clinic, even with masks on, it would significantly increase the risk of COVID exposure to each client entering the clinic as well as our staff. We are simply not willing to risk the health of you, your family and our staff. We know that with continued effort we will get through this together. We sincerely appreciate your patience and help in working with us during these challenging times.

Until then, we promise to give each and every one of your pets the very best care and a ton of hugs and kisses when they are in for a visit. We always treat them as if they were one of our own and look forward to seeing them!


Your dedicated care team at Manitou Animal Hospital


We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday to Thursday: 8:00am - 7:00pm
Friday: 8:00am - 6:00pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sunday: CLOSED