Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.
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.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.
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
Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
3. 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.
4. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
- Monday to Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm - Saturday: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm - Sunday: CLOSED
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
Your dedicated team at Mission Ridge Animal Hospital