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Nanaimo Veterinary Hospital

Worms and Deworming

I love the cute little inch worms crawling around on leaves in the summer. I even had a toy one to ride when I was a kid! These are NOT the type of worms we are referring to when we talk about worms and your pet. We mean internal parasites that eat nutrients from your pets’ intestines, stealing food from them!


There are many different species of internal parasites, but all have the same goal in mind (though they don’t really have a brain like us…) which is to use their host (your …

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Canine Demodex Mite

Canine Demodecosis is a skin disease caused by Demodex canis, a skin mite that lives in the hair folliclues of dogs. These mites are normally found on the skin of dogs in very low numbers but Demodecosis or demodectic mange will occur when the mites numbers overpopulate. This will cause hair loss, itchiness, redness to the skin and sometimes secondary bacterial skin infections.

Although a trigger is not known, there seems to be a link to a weaker or defective immune system in the patient to a…

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Tick Time

Of the 40 recognized tick species in Canada, the Western blacklegged tick (Ixodes pacificus) and the Rocky Mountain Wood Tick (Dermacentor andersoni) are the two primary ticks found on Vancouver Island. Adult ticks can be identified by their eight legs and hard shell (most species), though the larval stage only has 6 legs.

Ticks are obligate feeders, meaning they require a blood meal to survive. The tick has 3 life stages in which they will be active feeders: the larval, the nymph and the…

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