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Parasite Control and Prevention for Pets

Parasite control is an important part of preventative medicine to help keep your pet healthy, as there are a variety of different parasites lurking in our environment all year round, including intestinal parasites, fleas and ticks. Please ask our knowledgeable staff for advice on which parasite prevention treatments would best suit your pet’s lifestyle. We carry a variety of both oral and topical products, over the counter and prescription.

Does my pet need parasite control and prevention all year round?

Yes. A common misconception is that parasite control is only necessary during the summer months. In reality, fleas and tick control should be strongly considered all year round. Your pet can be the warm-blooded host they need to survive all throughout the year. Flea pupae can survive even during the winter season and once they enter your home, adult fleas can thrive and multiply due to the warmer temperatures. For this reason, there are different kinds of parasite prevention therapies that your pet should be on at any time. For example, we recommend deworming your pet a minimum of 4 times a year (think every season) and not just during the summer months.

Do indoor pets need parasite protection? For example, cats who live in high-rise condos?

Even if your pet spends most of their time inside and away from the elements, they still need parasite protection. This is another widely held misconception about parasites and pet care. Parasites can make their way to your pet through cockroaches and other pests that enter your house or building. You can even be an unsuspecting carrier of parasites through your shoes, clothing and body.

I plan on going on a trip with my pet. Do pets need certain medications before going on trips?

If you are travelling off Vancouver Island, and particularly out of Canada, please contact us, as different locations have different parasites.

Last updated: July 28, 2021

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.


This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

As you can imagine, we have a significant backlog of surgeries and wellness/vaccine exams to catch up on and we will be working hard over the next several weeks to do just that. We want to thank everyone in advance for your patience while we work through this. Although restrictions have been lifted, our health and safety protocols have not. It is important we continue to follow the guidelines set out by Worksafe BC and social distance our large team as much as possible. This means although we can offer these elective services, we are doing much fewer during the day then we were pre-COVID.


We are very excited to welcome you back into our lobby! We have put some important safety measures in place to help keep our clients and our team safe.


The use of our online store for easy ordering, payment and delivery of our pet's food, flea and tick medications. Orders over $100 can be delivered to your home for free! CLICK HERE


During the first 8 weeks of COVID, we were operating as a 24-hour facility to better serve our community and to maintain social distancing within our team. However, as the COVID-19 situation changes, so do we!

Our team of doctors felt it was important to get back to performing your pet's much needed regular services. In order to do so safely, we had to once again change the way we do business. 

Our regular hours of operation remain the same:

Monday - Friday: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm

Saturday & Sunday: Closed

Thank you for your patience and understanding, and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Coastland Veterinary Hospital