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.
If your cat is itching or licking excessively or if you see black specks in the fur or the places where your cat sleeps you should check your cat for fleas. If humans are getting bit in the household this could mean there is a flea infestation in the environment that needs to be controlled.
Do fleas harm cats?
Fleas jump on your cat and take a blood meal. During this process, they cause skin irritation and secondary infection, and in an extreme infestation, severe anemia can occur. Cats can be infected with tapeworm by ingesting fleas that carry an immature tapeworm.
Why is treating and preventing fleas so important?
Using year-round flea control gives you the confidence that your cat is free from external parasites and minimizes the opportunity to spread disease and infestations.
What are some simple steps for treating fleas in your senior cat?
Flea control can be offered in a variety of formulations. There are topical products that are well tolerated in cats. These products can be offered in monthly, or a 3-month regime and some products can be supplied in combination with deworming medications. Whatever choice you make your cat will thank you!
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 30, 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 250-743-3223. 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 on 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 as long as we have the staff available to maintain the standard practice protocols. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.
3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 3-5 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.
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 Mill Bay Veterinary Hospital