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.
With the warmer weather, we expect to see a high incidence of pets with fleas and ticks. In Ontario, we are now seeing an increase in the number and type of ticks. Our biggest concern with ticks is that the can transmit disease, namely Lyme disease, to humans and pets.
What are fleas?
Fleas are small wingless insects that feed on the blood of humans and mammals. Flea bites are itchy and can lead to allergies and secondary bacterial skin infections. They also can transmit certain bacterial diseases and tapeworms.
How do fleas harm cats?
Certain cats will develop an allergy to the flea’s saliva, which is injected into the body when they bite. This can lead to very itchy cats with very inflamed and infected skin. Fleas can also transmit tapeworms and a bacteria called Mycoplasma, which can lead to anemia. In rare cases, if flea burdens are extremely large, then a severe anemia can develop and lead to death!
Why is treating and preventing fleas so important?
Treating and preventing fleas is important, because they are common parasites that can transmit diseases to our pets as well as people. They are spread easily and will not only live on the host but in the environment as well. Flea bites are extremely itchy and cause discomfort.
Simple steps for treating fleas in your senior cat?
Treating fleas is simple now, thanks to newer effective and safe products that are applied to your pet’s skin. We no longer need to rely on spraying the house with pesticides, washing bedding, and vigorous vacuuming which often is not enough. Please contact us if you need help or advice getting rid of your flea infestation.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 2020 some 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 416-752-5114. 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. Cash will not be accepted at this time.
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: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm - Tuesday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm - Wednesday: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm - Thursday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm - Friday: 9:00 am - 7:00 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!