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.

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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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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

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 709.368.7981. We will take a history of your pet from outside your car, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. Once the examination is finished, the Doctor will either call you or come out to talk to you to discuss the treatment etc for your pet. For those who do not have a mobile phone, an easy knock at the door will work the same way!

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 - 5:00 pm. Saturday & Sunday: Closed.

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. Payments for appointments can be taken over the phone by credit card or by e-transfer. E-transfers can be sent to info@sunrise-vet.ca.

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.

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 Sunrise Animal Hospital