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.
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.
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.
Have you ever bought a plant to decorate for the holidays or dropped a vitamin accidentally? As these things do happen and can cause a potential pet poison risk, it is important to be informed as a preventative measure.
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 905.853.4706. 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: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm & Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 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.
You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up, visit our website.
Note: Due to the continued health precautions recommended by Health Canada, we have elected to discontinue 'in clinic' pick-ups for items ordered via our Webstore including both medications and food with immediate effect. The delivery option is extremely flexible and they will deliver to your place of work, home, cottage or wherever you choose.
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.
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 College Manor Veterinary Hospital