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Cat Flea and Tick Control

Fleas are a common parasite in Newfoundland and can be present year round. Newfoundland has sporadic weather and fleas can survive in the outdoors at any temp above 8 degrees Celcius. Fleas can survive indoors in the winter while remaining dormant. Ticks, on the other hand, are present all over Atlantic Canada and now becoming more prevalent in parts of NL. Ticks can survive temps as low as 4 degrees Celcius and some ticks can carry serious diseases such as Lyme disease.

How do I know if my cat has fleas?


Fleas are small and black in colour. If you are concerned that your cat may have fleas, you can use a fine comb to brush against the fur onto a tissue or paper towel. If you find any debris, wet the tissue slightly and the debris will change to a red-brown colour. This debris is called flea dirt and is a sign of actively feeding fleas.

Do fleas harm cats?


Many cats can develop flea allergy dermatitis, which can cause hair loss and extreme itchiness. In extreme infestations, the sheer magnitude of active fleas can cause anemia.

Why is treating and preventing fleas so important?


Fleas are known to carry tapeworm. When your cat grooms itself, they can ingest fleas, which will then infect the cat with tapeworms. Tapeworms are zoonotic (can be passed to humans), which is a risk for children and anyone immune compromised.

What are some simple steps for treating fleas in your senior cat?


We recommend contacting us to discuss the best veterinary-recommended flea product for yours and your cat’s lifestyle.

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Last updated: July 13, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that some restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. We are now allowing a limited number of clients in our clinic, however, we still encourage clients to stay in their cars where possible for annual exams, vaccines, wellness exams etc. 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

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. NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

5. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

- Monday to Thursday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
- Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
- Sunday: CLOSED

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Sunrise Animal Hospital