Creepy Crawlers

Ticks & Fleas


Well, it is that time of year again! As the weather warms up and our beautiful greenery returns, so will the fleas and ticks. Here are some important points about ticks and how to protect yourself and your pet. Dogs and cats (and humans) generally contract ticks when they brush up against tall grass or […]



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Echinococcus Multilocularis – An Emerging Deadly Tapeworm in Alberta


Echinococcus multilocularis is a very tiny (<5mm) tapeworm that lives in the intestines of coyotes and foxes but also occasionally in dogs and cats. Although well established in Europe and parts of Asia, it was once thought that this tapeworm was rare in North America. However, recent studies in populations of coyotes and foxes in […]



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Parasites


Internal parasites (or “worms”) are worm-like organisms that infect areas of the body and feed off of the host’s nutrients or blood. They can cause diseases in our pets and some can infect people. Contrary to previous beliefs, a recent study in Calgary suggests that the incidence of internal parasites (especially roundworms and giardia) here […]



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Creepy Crawlies…


Ticks Ticks are small spider-like arachnids that attach to a host and suck blood. The host can be an animal (dog, cat, rodent) or a human. Adult ticks are about the size of a sesame seed but an engorged adult female can grow up to a half an inch. Ticks have a 4 stage life […]



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