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Parasite Control and Prevention for Pets

Here at AMC, we take your pet’s immunity against ticks, fleas, heartworm and other parasites very seriously. And we have good reason to do so, especially because of where we live. Unfortunately, many of these harmful pests live and thrive here in our region. For example, did you know that approximately 20% of dogs in Atlantic Canada with chronic coughing have been infected with fox heartworm? Despite all of this, the good news is that with regular parasite prevention medications, your furry family member will have most if not all of the protection they need.

How can I tell if my pet has worms, fleas or ticks?

It depends on the exact parasite that your pet has. Some of the symptoms of parasite infestation can even overlap. If you notice anything out of the ordinary about your pet’s appearance or behaviour, please contact us right away.

The most common sign you may see is that your dog will be scratching excessively. Some other ways to tell is to part the fur on your dog and look for “flea dirt”. It almost looks like small coffee grounds or pepper. Some people tell us that they only saw one flea, unfortunately, if you see one, there is always a lot more hiding.

With ticks, the most common way to tell if your dog has one is by feeling along or searching in common areas where ticks like to attach. Look behind the ears, under collars, between toes, in the elbows, and in the groin area – there are some areas where ticks like to feed.

How can I get rid of ticks on my pet?

First of all, we want to stress that prevention is key. These days, prevention medications come in topical or chewable tablets. There is also a Lyme disease vaccine available, which would be great for pets who live in higher-risk areas. If your animal has a tick attached, the tick can be sent away for analysis to see if it is a carrier for Lyme disease. If you are unsure about how to properly remove a tick, please do not attempt to do it on your own. You may actually cause an infection, and you may not completely remove the tick – especially its mouthparts – from your pet. Please call us right away in these situations. We can remove the tick for you and show you how to do it properly.

Last updated: December 21, 2021

Dear Clients,

For the safety of our staff and clients, we have implemented a “Closed Door Policy” which means our clinic doors are no longer open to the public.Here is what that means for you:

  • We ask that on arrival for your appointment you call us (902)564-8356 Sydney and let us know you are in the parking lot
  • A member of our team will then take a history on your pet by phone, they will then meet you at our front door to take your pet inside while you return to your car
  • Your veterinarian will perform an examination of your pet and then call you with exam findings and any suggested treatment plans
  • Any necessary medications will be prepared in the clinic for you, and will be sent with your pet when we are ready to send them home
  • Payments for appointments can be taken over the phone or by payment at the door
  • All food and drug orders are still required to be called in beforehand and prepaid over the phone
  • All future updates will be posted on social media as our situation with COVID-19 in our province is constantly changing
  • We also request that clients refrain from using our emergency line for anything other than true emergencies

    If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to give us a call at (902) 564-8356 Sydney. With the implementation of this closed door policy, it is a longer process so we ask for your patience and co-operation during this time

    Please note the phone lines may be busier, but we will get to you as soon as we can. We have zero tolerance for verbal abuse.

    Again, we thank you for your patience and co-operation during this trying time.


    We are OPEN with the following hours:

    AMC – Sydney

    Monday – Friday: 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
    Saturday: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
    Sunday: Closed

    AMC – Reserve Mines (Temporarily Closed)

    Monday – Friday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Saturday & Sunday: Closed


    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!

    - Your dedicated team at Animal Medical Centre