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All About Fleas!

DISEASES ASSOCIATED WITH FLEAS

Fleas can cause Allergic Dermatitis, which causes intense itch, which results in hot spots from the dog chewing or scratching the skin. Cats will usually get scabby lesions over the neck and back to the tail (miliary dermatitis). Fleas also transmit tapeworms. You will see the segments of these worms crawling at or around the anus, or in the stools. They are white, about 1/4 inch when fresh, and look just like rice grains when dried up, and can be contagious to people.

PREVENTION and TREATMENT OF FLEAS HAS NEVER BEEN EASIER!

The safest and most effective treatments are now available from your vet for the flea months (March to January).

  • The adult female flea lays about 2000 eggs over her lifetime. The eggs fall from your pet’s fur into your house to hatch into larvae.
  • Larvae will live and feed in your pet’s bedding, carpets, upholstered furniture, etc.
  • The pupa emerges from the larvae, and these are incredibly resistant and will live in your house for up to a year.
  • The adult fleas will emerge from the pupae when they are ready, and will immediately seek out a host (your pet or yourself) for a blood meal every 30 minutes! The adult fleas live exclusively on your pet. Once the eggs tumble off your pet, the other two stages of the life cycle (larvae and pupae) live in the environment (your house).

How do we PREVENT and TREAT a flea infestation?

BRAVECTO – 1 Pill every three months (for dogs) or LIQUID (for cats), prevents fleas from multiplying after feeding on your pet. These are non-toxic to animals and people. You must treat all pets in the house. The pills must be given on time and at the end of a good meal. These are mainly helpful when insecticide sprays are not desirable, as with children, pregnancy, asthma, etc.

ADVANTIX & REVOLUTION – Monthly – topical – on the skin. Starts working as soon as the flea comes into contact with your pet. They kill fleas before they have a chance to lay eggs. These are tough on insects but easy on your pet. They shoot nearly 90% of existing adult fleas in just hours and 98-100% within 24 hours. Swimming and regular bathing do not affect the efficacy.

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2018 readers choice awards certificate for Clarkson Village Animal Hospital

2018 Readers' Choice Awards Winner!

We are so happy to announce that we have won the 2018 Reader’s Choice Award in Mississauga in the category of Best Veterinary Hospitals! This award is very special to us as the voting is done by the community and our clients. We would like to thank every person who took the time to vote, or even took the time to share your experience with someone else.

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Last updated: August 30, 2021

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that we are deemed an essential service and operating under Covid-19 Policy.

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

3. ONLINE STORE AND HOME DELIVERY

Use our online store and have your food and pet essentials delivered directly to your home. To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".

4. 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.

5. OPERATING HOURS

Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

IMPORTANT NOTICE - OVERNIGHT CLOSURES
We will be closing overnight care for September 2021. Our operating hours for the month of September will be 7:00am - 8:00pm.

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.

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Clarkson Village Animal Hospital