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.
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.
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 Monday, March 23, 2020:
1. We are currently operating a "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 902.422.8595. We will take a history of your pet over the phone, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. Once the examination is finished, we will call to discuss our recommended treatment plan over the phone and then return to your vehicle with your pet. Please ensure your pet has a properly fitted collar or is in a secure carrier. Please remove any additional clothing or blankets prior to our staff handling our patients to minimize risk to our team.
2. We are still OPEN but are now working in two shifts with reduced hours, reduced staff numbers and a need to close for extensive cleaning between shifts. Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday, Thursday: 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm.
3. 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 hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.
Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus. You may see our team members wearing additional protective gear when interacting with our clients and patients.
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 Halifax Veterinary Hospital