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.
Living on the West Coast, fleas are a year-round problem for our pets and often lead to tapeworms. Even indoor only cats are at risk and should be treated based on their sensitivity to fleas. It is best to prevent the infection or infestation, rather than treating the issue once it occurs.
Flea infections can often be overlooked. A flea comb is the best way to tell if your animal has fleas. It is a fine-toothed comb that collects fleas and their excrement (“flea dirt”) as it passes through the coat.
Do fleas harm cats?
Every time a flea bites, it is taking a blood meal. This means that if there are a large number of fleas on your animal, it could cause significant blood loss. Some cats also have an allergy to fleas which means they are extremely sensitive to bites. It can cause major skin problems in cats.
Why is treating and preventing fleas so important?
Once a flea infestation is established in a home, it’s extremely hard to get rid of. Flea eggs and larvae are very resilient, especially in our warm, humid climate. Regular use of flea prevention will not only prevent your cat from introducing new fleas to your home, but will also prevent the already established fleas in your home from completing their life cycle on your cat. Eventually, the fleas will die off, and your home will be flea free!
What are some simple steps for treating fleas in your senior cat?
If you’re concerned about using certain flea treatments on your senior cat, you should consult with one of our doctors to see which products are safer to use.
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 250.715.5143. 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: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm. Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.
4. 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.
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 Prevost Veterinary Clinic