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.
The most common source of fleas is newly emerged adult fleas from flea pupae in your house or yard. Homes that have both carpet and central heating are ideal conditions for the year-round development of fleas. The highest number of flea eggs, larvae and pupae will be found in areas of the house where pets spend most of their time, such as their beds or furniture. Even if fleas are in your home, you might not be able to see them.
Flea droppings are dark specks, and flea eggs are white specks seen on the fur. Your cat may exhibit excessive licking, scratching, or chewing at their skin, irritated skin, hair loss and/or scabbing.
Why is treating and preventing fleas so important?
Some cats develop flea allergy dermatitis (FAD), especially if they’ve been bitten repeatedly. Cats with FAD experience intense itching and subsequently chew, lick or scratch the affected sites non-stop. This causes hair loss which leads to open sores or scabs. It also allows for secondary bacterial infections to develop. In heavy infestations, especially in young, debilitated or older cats, severe blood loss can occur, resulting in anemia. The flea also acts as the intermediate host for tapeworms. If a cat swallows an infected flea while grooming, the tapeworm larva will develop into an adult, and your cat will become infected with an internal parasite.
What are some simple steps for treating fleas in your cat?
There are many flea products available for treating fleas in cats. It is also recommended to treat your home environment and any other cats you may have. We recommended consulting with your veterinarian for a full treatment plan.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 11, 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. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
- Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Saturday: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
- Sunday: CLOSED
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!