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Cat Flea & Tick Control

How do I know if my cat has fleas?

Cats that have fleas will itch, lick and be uncomfortable. Some cats may have rashes and scabbing due to self-trauma (licking and scratching). Large flea infestations may have visible flea dirt in the fur. Flea dirt is the flea’s feces deposited in the fur or on the skin. Most times the cats with flea infestations may go outside, however, indoor cats can have fleas as well.

Do fleas harm cats?

Yes, fleas can harm cats. Fleas can be a vector of transmission of parasites, bacteria and viruses; the most common parasite being the tapeworm. Tapeworm is a type of internal parasite that lives in the intestines of your cat. Another concern of fleas is flea allergy dermatitis. Flea allergy dermatitis is a rash due to your cat’s allergy due to the flea.

Why is treating and preventing fleas so important?

Cats can become terribly sick if the flea infestation is not treated. Besides the itching, lick and be uncomfortable, cats with large infestations can lose weight and become anemic (low red blood cell count due to fleas feed on the cat’s blood). Some cats may have rashes, flea allergy dermatitis and scabbing due to self-trauma (licking and scratching). Fleas can be a vector of transmission of parasites, bacteria and viruses; the most common parasite being a tapeworm. Fleas from your cat will also bite other members of the household (people, other pets, etc.).

What are some simple steps for treating fleas in your senior cat?

There are many good topical spot-on products for the treatment of fleas including Bravecto, Revolution, and Advantage Multi. Year-round, flea and tick prevention is the best and simplest way to prevent fleas and tick.

What diseases are associated with ticks?

Ticks can transmit many serious diseases, both to animals and humans. Even just one tick bite can cause an infection, so be sure to have your pet checked regularly for ticks and tick‐borne diseases. Lyme disease is one of the diseases most commonly transmitted by ticks. It can lead to lameness by infecting your pet’s tissues and inflaming the joints, kidney damage, and even nervous system and heart disease. Other diseases transmitted by ticks include Ehrlichia, Babesia, Anaplasma, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, viral meningitis/encephalitis, and more. In your pet’s routine check-up, we screen for most of these diseases, we check for signs of ticks, and we discuss with you the information you need to know about ticks in detail. Our staff know how to assess your pet for signs of ticks and tick‐borne diseases. We would be happy to answer any questions you have about ticks and tick control.

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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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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

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 905-855-2100. We will bring your pet into the hospital for an examination with the veterinarian. The veterinarian will then call you to discuss our recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a technician will return your pet to your car and take care of any needed medications and payment.

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. However, if you're unsure whether your pet needs medical attention, please call us to discuss your situation.

3. 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. At this time, we are limiting food purchases to 2 bags or 2 cases per client. 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.

4. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

5. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this disease.

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 Clarkson Village Animal Hospital