Treading Lightly with Tapeworms: Echinococcus and Your Pets

It seems like a large part of taking care of pets is working to keep them parasite free. From ectoparasites like fleas and ticks, to blood-borne parasites like heartworm and intestinal parasites, it’s a tough job.

While we have a pretty good handle on most of these monsters inside, some of them can be nastier than others. Echinococcus multilocularis is one of the more worrisome parasites, and is being diagnosed with increasing frequency here in Canada. Not to worry, though – your friends at Summeridge Animal Clinic are here to help!


Make Tick Prevention a Priority!

Tick prevention is an important part of outdoor pet safety and pet health.Tick populations are on the rise in Ontario and across Canada. With this increase comes the very real threat of tick-borne illnesses in both people and pets. While getting outside and enjoying summer is an important part of life, protecting yourself and your pet should be a priority at all times. Let the team at Summeridge Animal Clinic recommend some effective tick prevention strategies to keep you and your pet safe.  

Tiny Bodies, Huge Dangers

Spread by the black-legged deer tick, Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne illness that affects people and pets in Canada. Rocky Mountain spotted fever and babesiosis are examples of other zoonotic diseases (can be transmitted between humans and animals) that are carried by ticks. Continue…

Ticks on Dogs

Ticks DogsSummeridge Animal Clinic, your Thornhill Vaughan Animal Hospital, wants to share some valuable information regarding ticks and how they can affect your pet’s health.

 Ticks are probably most notable for being the carrier of Lyme disease.  Lyme disease affects people as well as dogs.  Most common signs of Lyme disease are: lameness, fever, swollen joints, and lack of appetite.  Some veterinary clinics recommend yearly screening tests in all dogs for Lyme disease.  We, at the Thornhill, Vaughan Animal Hospital, do not.

Here are some reasons why?:

  1.    Although Lyme disease does happen in our patients, it is very uncommon.  This may change in the future as ticks are spreading and becoming more of a threat.   
  2. At present, there is no consensus on the treatment of a healthy dog that has a positive test for Lyme disease.  There is insufficient information about whether to treat or not.  What we do know at Thornhill, Vaughan Animal Hospital is that a large majority of infected dogs will not become ill.
  3. It is more useful to test on a dog showing the signs of Lyme disease.  If a dog has the following signs of fever, lameness, lethargy, we at Thornhill, Vaughan Animal Hospital, will test for Lyme disease.


Tick on Your DogOur goal, at the Thornhill, Vaughan Animal Hospital, is to prevent your dog from being bitten from a tick.  

  1. Keep your dog away from tall grass or brush.
  2.  Use an effective tick preventive product for your dog.
  3.  Inspect your dog for ticks daily.  In order for your dog to acquire Lyme disease, the tick needs to be attached for at least 48 hours.  Daily inspection for ticks is the best way to ensure that they never have a chance to cause harm in your dog.

Tick We have an informative video on our Facebook page at

If you have any questions, please call us at Summeridge Animal Clinic at 905-731-1225 or visit our website to schedule an appointment today!