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.
With warmer weather, people tend to spend more time being active outside. Unfortunately, the same is true for fleas and ticks. Even indoor-only cats are at risk as people and other pets that travel indoors and outdoors can carry fleas and ticks into your homes. Cats that are allowed to roam outdoors, even if only for a short amount of time, are susceptible to being infested with fleas and ticks.
Fleas and ticks can easily be identified by routine grooming as fleas will leave behind flea dirt, which are small black specks of digested blood. Common signs of fleas include more frequent scratching, hair loss (especially around the tail), small scabs along the body and around the neck.
Do fleas and ticks harm cats?
Fleas can transmit tapeworms to cats as well as more severe infestations, which can cause anemia and severe skin conditions. Heavy infestations of fleas can be life-threatening to small kittens or senior cats. Ticks can transmit several parasitic blood diseases which are hard to detect in cats.
Why is treating and preventing fleas so important?
Keeping your cat free of fleas can protect them from internal parasites and more severe skin and infectious diseases. It can also increase your cat’s quality of life.
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 Wednesday, March 18, 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 519.360.4508. 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 8:30 am - 5:30 pm & Saturday from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (Merritt Location Only) and Sunday 10:00 am - 2:00 pm (Merritt Location Only). The Dresden location also remains open. Effective Wednesday, March 25, the Sydenham River location will be temporarily closed until further notice. Merritt and Dresden remain open for your pet care, food, and medication pick up needs.
4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 5-7 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 still accepting cash as payment. However, credit cards and debit card payments are preferred if possible.
6. Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
7. 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.