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.

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Cat Flea and Tick Control

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.

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

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 416-752-5114. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan. If you do not have a cell phone please knock our door to let us know you have arrived and then return to your vehicle.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time. We are also no longer taking grooming appointments as of Monday, March 30, until further notice.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Thursday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Friday: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 7-10 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.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

6. Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

7. 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.

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 McLean Animal Hospital