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.
Fleas are a common ectoparasite (external parasite) in cats. With this parasite, if it is left untreated, an infestation can occur within your home quite quickly. The worse it gets, the harder it is to completely rid your cat and your environment of the flea infestation. While they thrive in warm weather, they can survive the colder months if they are in your home.
You may notice live fleas crawling on your cat. You may also see your cat scratching more frequently, chewing/biting, and in some cases, there may be scabbing and fur loss. If you think your cat may have fleas, we recommend booking an appointment so we can confirm that there are fleas and treat appropriately.
Do fleas harm cats?
Yes, they can harm your cat. When the fleas bite, they can cause irritation to the skin, and in some cases, your cat may be allergic to them. In really severe cases, fleas can cause anemia in your cat. Fleas can also transmit other parasites to your cat.
What are some simple steps for treating fleas in your senior cat?
Once we have determined your cat has fleas, we offer a topical treatment option. We recommend treating for a minimum of 3 months, to ensure all life cycles of fleas are killed. We also recommend doing a thorough clean of your house, which includes vacuuming your cat’s favourite sleeping spots and your entire home, even if you have hardwood floors.
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 613.443.5459. 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: 8:00 am - 4:00 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.
5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
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.
- Your dedicated team at Embrun Veterinary Hospital