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.
External parasites, such as fleas are common in cats. Fortunately, in Calgary, we do not see an extremely heavy flea population, but they do exist in this area. Outdoor cats are at a much greater risk of contracting fleas and should be monitored regularly at home for signs of flea infestation. Consider flea treatment, especially in the summer months, if you have a cat who spends a large amount of time outside. Contact our clinic to discuss the best flea preventive treatments for your cat.
Fleas are insects from the order Siphonaptera. They are wingless, with mouthparts adapted for piercing the skin and sucking blood. Fleas are external parasites, living off the blood of infected mammals and birds.
How do fleas harm the cats?
Fleas cause irritation when they bite. Flea bites can also cause allergic reactions and severe skin irritation in patients who have developed a flea allergy. Heavy flea infestations in very young or debilitated patients can lead to significant blood loss, with associated weakness, lethargy and weight loss.
Why is treating and preventing fleas so important?
Flea prevention is important because fleas impact the quality of life and overall health of your cat. Fleas cause suffering due to their biting, they cause allergy in certain patients, and will also cause significant blood loss if the infestation is severe. Fleas are also transmissible to other animals, so it is important to prevent spread to new hosts.
Simple steps for treating fleas in your senior cat?
There are many very effective, safe and simple flea treatments and preventives that are available from your veterinarian. Flea collars and other over-the-counter flea treatments found in pet stores and grocery stores are not recommended, as they contain pesticides that can be dangerous to your cat. Please contact us if you would like to know more about our recommended flea treatments.
Indoor cats need enrichment and mental stimulation. Enrichment can increase activity (which can help with weight control) and prevent many behavioural issues related to low mental stimulation (things like inappropriate litter box usage, anxiety, aggression and attention-seeking).
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.
1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will 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. 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.
5. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday to Friday: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm Saturday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm Sunday: CLOSED
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!