Cat Flea and Tick Control
Both indoor and outdoor cats are susceptible to the wrath of fleas and ticks. While cats are not a good host to promote tick-borne illnesses, they do occasionally contract the odd tick out in the environment. Please note: most LIQUID tick preventions are TOXIC TO CATS in their “wet” form. Before applying any flea or tick product to your pet (especially if purchasing from the pet store), please contact your veterinarian before you apply the dose to your cat to make sure it is safe.
What are fleas?
Fleas are an external parasite that lives off the blood of mammals and birds. These little pests reproduce at an alarming rate (one female flea lays up to 50 eggs a day) and where there’s one there’s many. Should you think your cat has fleas, please call the clinic and one of our receptionists would be happy to discuss the different medications available to get rid of them once and for all.
How do fleas harm the cats?
Fleas can cause your cat to be terribly itchy and uncomfortable. You may become first suspicious when you see your cat nibbling and licking at his/her haircoat and skin. Occasionally you may see little brown fleas moving quickly through your pet’s haircoat. If you suspect your cat has fleas, please call the clinic to discuss the different flea control products available and we’d be happy to guide you in the right direction to get rid of this pesky parasite problem.
Why is treating and preventing fleas so important?
It is important to realize your cat has fleas and implement a flea treatment protocol as fleas can cause various problems for cats. Some cats can be allergic to something in the flea saliva which can cause your cat to have an allergic type reaction and scratch nonstop which in turn can cause a secondary skin infection. Fleas can also be carriers for diseases such as tapeworms or Bartonella. These diseases are of concern not only to pets but also humans. So if ever you suspect your cat has fleas you should call the clinic immediately and get started on a flea prevention as soon as possible. One of our helpful staff members is always available to get you started on the right track.
Simple steps for treating fleas in your senior cat?
Whether you have a young kitten or senior cat if you are concerned your cat has fleas please give us a call at (905) 853-4706 and one of our helpful team members would be happy to get you set up on a preventative flea program.