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Cat Flea and Tick Control

Fleas are one of the most common pests we see on our cats and can be difficult to get rid of. Prevention is always easier than treatment since it takes at least 3 months of continuous treatment to get control of a flea issue in your home. Ticks have been increasing annually in their prevalence. Ticks are more common in cats that go outside, however, fleas can be on cats that are indoors or out.

How do I know if my cat has fleas?

Thankfully, these parasites are easily identified by the naked eye. You can generally see fleas on your cat. Fleas can move very quickly and can jump very high so can be easy to miss. Often what you will see is the digested blood (flea dirt) the flea passes in your cat’s hair coat. The best way to find this is by using a flea comb or putting them on a white towel and rubbing them all over. The flea dirt will likely fall off on the white towel and if you place some water on it, it will change to a red or rust colour indicating the presence of the blood whereas normal dirt just stays brown or black in colour.

Do fleas harm cats?

Fleas can harm cats in a few ways. They are irritating and itchy. Some cats can have intense allergic reactions to fleas causing them to pull out their fur or damage their skin resulting in scabs over their body. Once a flea has come into your home, it begins laying eggs and an infestation can quickly develop. Fleas can also be a source of intestinal parasites for cats. While they are grooming and biting at themselves, sometimes they inadvertently eat a flea. This can result in a tapeworm infection. There are also some blood parasites that can be transmitted by fleas and in very severe infestations, the fleas can cause blood loss that can be life-threatening. This is very rare and generally only seen in really small kittens with very large numbers of fleas.

Why is treating and preventing fleas so important?

Due to the potential harm that fleas can cause listed above, prevention is always better than treatment. Also, since it takes at least 3 months to completely rid your home of fleas once they are established, prevention is always better than treatment.

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

Flea medications have improved dramatically in recent years. Products are safer and easier to use than ever. We no longer have to use sprays, mousses and baths on a regular basis. Products range from topicals that can be applied once a month or once every 12 weeks, an injection that can be given every 6 months or a monthly tablet. Some of these products also cover additional parasites like ticks or intestinal parasites. Feel free to discuss with one of our team members which products are best for your cat.

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Last updated: November 3, 2020

Dear Clients,

We are all aware of the concerns and rapidly changing situation with COVID-19. Due to the close public contact that our work requires, we have taken necessary measures to protect our clients, our team and work hard to ensure we can continue to provide excellent care for our patients.

Thank you for your cooperation and patience in these matters. Please stay healthy and 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.

The following updates are effective Wednesday November 4, 2020.

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

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. NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

5. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours - please note that evening appointments are only available for vaccination clinics:

Monday: 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Tuesday to Thursday: 8:00am - 8:00pm
Friday: 8:00am - 5:30pm
Saturday: 8:30 am - 1:30 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 Aylmer Veterinary Clinic