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Cat Flea

Cat Flea Control

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.

How do I know if my cat has fleas?


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.

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Last updated: November 25, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we have made 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

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
Sunday: Closed

NEW PET OWNERS

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 Fairview Animal Hospital