Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.
Flea prevention in cats is something we recommend depending on your cats’ risk factors. Generally, we use flea prevention regularly for outdoor cats and for cats who live with dogs. We also recommend flea prevention for indoor cats that live in multi-unit buildings.
You may notice your cat scratching more often; this is often the most prominent sign. You may also see little specks of dirt that look similar to flakes of pepper on your cat’s belly or in the groin area; this is more noticeable on lighter coloured cats. It is called flea dirt or flea poop.
Do fleas harm cats?
If left untreated, fleas can harm your cat’s overall health by causing skin lesions and skin irritations which can become secondarily infected. Fleas can also carry tapeworm and cats that have fleas will often have a tapeworm infection as well. Another potential consequence is the development of anemia (low red blood cells) as fleas feed on blood.
Why is treating and preventing fleas so important?
To keep your cat healthy, as well as helping keep fleas out of your home. When we treat and prevent fleas, we are helping avoid lesions of skin and itchiness in your cat, and we are also helping to prevent the intestinal parasite, the tapeworm.
What are some simple steps for treating fleas in your senior cat?
Treating fleas in a senior cat is no different than treating any other age group of cats. Preventing fleas in a senior cat is very important as their immune system isn’t as strong as a younger cat and they are more susceptible to complications from fleas, such as anemia.
If you need to give your dog medication, learning how to do it right will make the process easier both for you and your pup. Remember to always follow the instructions given by your veterinarian and be sure to administer the full amount of medication over the number of days instructed by your vet.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective June 5, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.
1. WE CAN SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, Lyme testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
As of July 6th, we are allowing 1 client in per pet into the hospital (with the exception of euthanasias where we can accommodate 2 clients if needed). When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us so a staff member can meet you at the door and bring you and your pet into the hospital for an examination.
We ask that you wear a mask when in our building and encourage you to bring your own, we request you step into a disinfectant shoe tray before proceeding into the exam room. While in the exam room please minimize contact and keep with our social distancing protocols in the confined space. We are unable to offer the use of our hospital washroom at this time.
You may choose to continue with the "closed-door" approach and we can obtain a history over the phone and then collect the pet at the door for the exam. The Veterinarian will then call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside and take care of any needed medications and payment.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE
If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
4. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday - Friday: 7:30 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!