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.
If your cat goes outdoors, they are susceptible to getting fleas and ticks. Although they are not as prevalent if your cat stays close to your house, if you live in a rural area with lots of trees and wildlife, your cat could possibly be more susceptible to getting fleas and ticks.
Fleas are external parasites that feed off of the blood of their host. Fleas and ticks are a few of the external parasites that can affect our pets. They are most prevalent in the spring and summer months and can transmit a variety of diseases. Fleas can also cause secondary dermatitis and discomfort. Both fleas and ticks take a blood meal from their host, which they need in order to lay eggs and reproduce.
How do fleas harm the cats?
Fleas can cause secondary dermatitis, transmit illnesses, and when ingested can transmit tapeworms. If there is a large infestation, especially on kittens, they can become anemic from losing a large amount of blood as the fleas suck their blood meal.
Why is treating and preventing fleas so important?
Fleas can reproduce very rapidly. Each flea can lay 1000’s of eggs that lay dormant in the environment for up to 6 months before hatching. This can make getting rid of a flea infestation very challenging, especially if these eggs are in your home and carpet. If you notice that the fleas are in your home, you may need to contact an exterminator for some professional advice on treating your home for the infestation. Preventing your cat from getting fleas is a much easier option.
Simple steps for treating fleas in your senior cat?
Depending on the severity of the infestation, it is always advisable to contact your veterinarian for a product and environmental treatment plan that is right for your pet.
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-door" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 780-458-3833. We will take a history of your pet from outside of your car, 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 - 5:00 pm Saturdays 9:00 - 2:00 pm and closed on Sundays.
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 clinic. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment from your vehicle. We do have our online store available, which can be accessed from our website by clicking the Online Store button.
5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
6. 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 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 Mission Ridge Animal Hospital