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.
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.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 2020 the 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, 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 us. 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.
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 to Friday: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Prevost Veterinary Clinic