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 and ticks are common ectoparasites (external parasites) that can affect us and our pets. If your cat has a flea infestation it can be hard to resolve without appropriate treatment, as a female flea can lay 40-50 eggs a day. Preventing fleas is therefore preferable to trying to treat an established infection. Luckily, we have multiple topical products to treat fleas on our feline friends.
Cats that go outdoors will commonly pick up ticks, especially near the head and neck. We are usually able to feel a tick once it has attached and starts to feed and engorge. An engorged tick creates a small lump that is often mistaken for a skin tag. We do have a topical product that can kill ticks on your cat before they engorge. Ticks can be pulled off at home if you are comfortable doing so, or you can call the clinic and we can assist you. Tick twisters are a nice tool to have at home to ease in tick removal.
Signs of fleas include scratching and chewing, hair loss, and small scabs over the rump near the tail base. If you think your pet has fleas, you will need a prescription product to apply to your pet that will kill the fleas and help stop their life cycle.
Do fleas harm cats?
Fleas can cause skin irritation and pain, especially in cats that are allergic to flea bites. Less commonly, fleas can carry and transmit infectious diseases.
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 613-544-7387. 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.
3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 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.
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 Barriefield Animal Hospital