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.
Flea and ticks are common external parasites of cats. At best, these pests are a nuisance. At worst, they cause significant health problems in pets and people. Our climate in Nova Scotia allows fleas and ticks to live almost year-round, hence our belief that pets should now be protected year-round. In addition to causing mild to severe skin irritation, fleas and ticks can be the source of other problems that are detrimental to the health of your cat. A flea infestation can also be very time consuming and costly to get rid of.
At Avon Animal Hospital, we promote the prevention of fleas and ticks for our patients through the use of very safe, effective and easy-to-administer products. Please call us if you have questions about what products are best for your kitty.
Fleas are very small insects that move very fast. A small number of fleas may not be detectable just by looking for them on the cat or in its environment. Often, behavioural changes in your cat will be the only evidence of an infestation. If your cat appears more restless, is scratching or grooming more or is shaking their head often, there may be a flea problem in your household. When the numbers of fleas increase, it becomes easier to see the flea dirt, eggs and live fleas on your pet. Remember, not every cat who has fleas will scratch, and not every cat who scratches has fleas.
Do fleas harm cats?
Fleas can cause a lot of skin diseases in cats ranging from mild irritation to severe dermatitis due to an allergic reaction to the flea bite. Additionally, fleas have the potential to pass parasites to your cat. Severe flea infestations can result in anemia, and this can be very debilitating or even life-threatening, especially to very small kittens.
Why is treating and preventing fleas so important?
Did you know an adult flea can lay up to 50 eggs per day? Another interesting fact is that adult fleas you see represent only about 5% of the flea population. When you see fleas, you are dealing with a much bigger problem of eggs, larvae and pupa in your home.
Successfully ridding your cat and home of fleas can take many months. The statement, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” is very applicable here. Being proactive about flea prevention will save your cat a lot of discomfort and potentially more concerning health issues, and for you, a lot of work and unnecessary expenses.
What are some simple steps for treating fleas in your senior cat?
There are several options for treating fleas that are very safe for your senior cat. Please give us a call to discuss which option is best suited for your animal.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we can continue providing our full range of services, under certain restrictions. As our province enters the next phase of the reopening plan, we have some updates to share with you about our safety measures.
We are continuing to see all cases by appointment only including pets in need of vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, parasite prevention, and more.
Beginning July 2, 2020, clients are able to come into the hospital with their pets with the following restrictions:
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.
Face coverings must be worn to enter the hospital.
Use hand washing station upon entry.
Washrooms will be closed to the public until further notice.
If you wish to remain in your car during the appointment, when you call to inform us of your arrival, 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".
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.
We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 7:30 pm*
Saturday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
*On weekdays we will be closed for 1 hour in the afternoon in order to catch up on communications with our clients. This is a temporary measure. Thank you for your understanding.
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.
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!