West Island Tick warning - Montreal area dog owners beware

Montreal area dog owners and in particular those on the West Island should take note of the recent tick warning.


Photo used from tickresourcecenter.org

Warmer climates are believed to be largely responsible for a higher than usual tick population - and they are not just in the deep dark woods anymore.
in fact in the last year I have pulled some ticks off of dogs belonging to clients of mine who live in downtown Montreal and are largely urban dwellers who visit parks and dog runs.

Lyme Disease in Montreal? Watch your dogs!

The major concern with Ticks bites is infection and Lyme disease - which leads to swelling of the joints, arthritis, feverish flu like symptoms and can even led to kidney failure.

It is recommended to check your pets thoroughly after coming in from the outdoors - especially if in tall grass or wooded areas.
Young ticks can be difficult to spot since they can be as small as a grain of rice - but it is important to get them early since you can typically avoid infection in the first 24-48 hours.
Removal of a tick can be tricky and if you arent sure what to do - contact your vet immediately. Leaving part of the tick emedded in your dog can lead to infection as well as squeezing the tick upon removeal.

How to keep your Montreal area dogs safe

There are several tick preventative products available from your vet. None are guiranteed to be one hundred percent effective but they are better than nothing. As well you can have your dog vaccinated for Lyme disease if you think you will be in high risk areas. Above all be vigilant in checking your pet after outings. Spotting and removing the ticks early is really your best defense.

Important points to consider when tavelling with your dog

Travelling with your dog can be fun

Road trips, hiking, exploring new places together, walks on the beach.
if you follow some basic tips and guidelines found here - you can eliminate much of the stress that can go along with taking your dog on vacation with you. We try as often as possible to include our dogs in our travels and having well trained dogs along with some planning goes along way.

Of course you know to bring along a leash and food & bowls & toys and bags to pick up after your dog - here are some other important things to consider:

Make sure vaccines are current and that you have the certificate with you.

Even if you aren’t crossing any borders and don’t need to show proof of vaccines - some hotels require ti @ check in. Further they may come in handy if you have to make an emergency trip to a vet while you are away.

Keep up your Crate Training!

Even if you no longer use or need a crate with your dog - a crate can be a home away from home and is worth travelling with. Your dog will be exposed to a lot of new smells/sounds in unfamiliar surroundings and a crate can have a very calming effect on your dog while you are out. And if you want housekeeping services - most hotels insist on your dog being crated.

What is the hotel’s Policy on dogs left unattended?

Some do not allow for dogs left in rooms unattended - best to know this before booking.

Leave your cellular number front desk when you are out.

In case of barking or worse. Some hotels are adding clauses to their contracts that will charge the owner of a pet creating a nuisance for any lost revenue that is a result of their pet’s behaviour. At a minim you’ll want to know if your dog is feeling stressed anyhow.

Find a local Veterinarian(s)

Google or ask the front desk if you are unfamiliar with the area - always good to have the info before you actually need it.

Help your dog establish a bathroom area and routine.

This is all the “greenspace” we had available on a recent trip to NYC - Cow adapted from country living to the big city and it’s limitations within the first day.

For the time being - this is home - help them understand that this is where you go - and bring your pet there often @ first - even if you deem it a little unnecessary - better safe than sorry.

Extra exercise to help alleviate the stress of change.

Some extra walking/running and obedience training is great as well since it takes a lot out of a dog to have to focus for extended periods of time.
Hyper used to love to run on the beach - fetching toys from the water and even getting on a surf board…

Drive safe

A seatbelt harness or a crate are safe ways to travel if driving to your destination. No one plans to have an accident but they happen and your dog can become a projectile missile if not crated or belted.

Bottled water

Dogs can have sensitive stomachs and changes in water can result in upset stomach - sometimes bottled water is best to help avoiding and potential problems.

A Dalmatian, A Pitbull and German Shepherd walk into a bar ...

Three different breeds - all with different needs

This is an interesting video - it includes a German Shepherd a Dalmatian and a Pitbull and all 3 dogs have very different temperaments, drives and issues.

Brady is a German Shepherd Dog from Chateauguay, QC who used to pull like mad on leash - was very reactive to other dogs and could get snippy if pushed by them.


Loco is a pit bull from Westmount, QC with both people and dog aggression

He could not focus on a command when another dog or person was around - and his aggression was escalating prior to him coming in for training which was cause for great concern to his owner. His owner was afraid to walk him in public for fear of an aggressive outburst towards people and dogs.

Lekes is a high drive Dalmatian from Gatineau, QC who could not stand still for 5 seconds. He lacked the ability to focus and just wanted to go-go-go.

In fact when his owners drove in from Gatineau, Qc to drop him off - we had to kennel him before chatting about training because he was all over the place and would not stay still - jumping, pulling, whining and crying and carrying on.

Brady the German Shepherd is 5 days into training in this video.

You can see Brady focusing nicely - his heel is coming along, his recall is solid and we are beginning to work on other things in the meantime.
I am pleased with his focus so far which is key to unlocking everything.

Lekes is just under 2 weeks into his training @ this point.

His heel is solid, his recall is great, and you can see his place is outstanding. In fact we have Honey the yellow lab outside running major distraction on Lekes and he rocks place like a champ. Solid.
Remember - he could not stand still without any distraction just under 2 weeks ago.
Big changes for Lekes.

Loco has been in training for a week and a half @ this point

Loco is working with a very boisterous Rott in his background. The Rott is dominant and pushy and has tried to urinate on Loco through the fence a number of times. Loco is also doing great - learning to focus better each day and is easy enough to handle @ this point.
I am not going to sugar coat it - Loco is lazy - you can see he moves slowly through his work - but hey - we can’t all be go getters and as ing as he is obeying and doing his best - that’s good enough for his owner to be able to control him when out for a walk.

Dog owners who give the rest of us a bad name

sign woodA quick scan of the news this week has a couple of stories at the forefront in my mind:

PIerrefonds-Roxboro dogs allowed in parks

West Island: Pierrefonds-Roxboro, QC dog owners to be given more choices for their dogs.


The most important commands every Montreal dog should know

Commands every Montreal Dog Should know