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.
Fleas are a significant issue problem in Halifax. We recommend regular treatment against fleas as even indoor-only cats are at risk, especially if you live in an apartment building! Treating against fleas is very easy, but you do have to be careful about which products you use. Please do not hesitate to give us a call to discuss the options.
Your cat could have a flea problem, and you could have no idea because your cat may not react the way you might expect. If you see a flea on your cat, then it likely means that the flea infestation in your household is quite severe. Typically, you will only find 5% of the fleas in the home on the cat. Instead, what most owners will see is a small ball of dirt on the cat’s back (typically along the spine or at the base of the tail). The dirt has the appearance of being a piece of pepper. When wetted and smeared on something white, it will streak red. That is flea dirt and is a sign that your cat has a flea issue that should be treated.
Do fleas harm cats?
Fleas can carry bloodborne pathogens that can seriously harm your cat, such as haemobartonella. Fleas in large quantities can cause anemia. Some cats are also allergic to flea bites. As a consequence, they can dig at themselves so much that they open wounds in their skin and lose a significant amount of hair.
Why is treating and preventing fleas so important?
Flea prevention is incredibly important because treating an established flea infestation is so much harder. Fleas may be small, but they can cause some detrimental health conditions in your cat.
What are some simple steps for treating fleas in your senior cat?
Regular topical treatments are the easiest way to prevent and treat your cat against fleas. Limit your exposure to stray animals as they can carry fleas.
Most cats have 18 toes; five toes on each of their front feet, and four on the back. My cat, Mandy Pawtinkin, is blessed with 22 toes. She has a congenital physical anomaly called polydactyly (Greek for ‘many digits’). It is a genetic mutation that causes cats to be born with more than the usual number of toes on one or more of its paws.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective June 5, 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. Starting July 6, one person is allowed inside per appointment, as long as you have a mask.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Our doors are now unlocked and we are allowing 2 people at a time in the clinic for food sales and medication pick-up only (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".
We do ask that everyone wear a mask when entering the clinic and use the hand sanitizing station outside our doors. If you require a mask, please call the clinic for assistance prior to entering. Anyone who enters the clinic will be asked to sign in and provide their name and phone number for tracking purposes.
3. OPERATING HOURS
Beginning June 8, we will be resuming our normal business hours:
Monday - Friday: 7:30 am – 8:00 pm Saturday: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm Sunday: Closed
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!
- Your dedicated team at Halifax Veterinary Hospital