We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.
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.
Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.
The following changes are effective as of Monday, March 23, 2020:
1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 403.246.1115. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan.
2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.
3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the Online Store, visit our website.
5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
6. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.
Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.