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 on Vancouver Island is what mosquitos are to Manitoba! Summer through fall can be a time for fleas to flourish in our environment. Unlike other areas of Canada, our mild coastal weather make fleas a problem all year round with the worst season stretching from April to November. Unfortunately, one flea can lay up to 200 eggs on your cat, which can stay in your carpets and on fabrics for up to 12 months before hatching. Fleas can also carry tapeworm, which can infect your pet and many skin related conditions such as flea allergy dermatitis are also associated with flea infestations. Another pest we tend to see starting in the spring through to the end of fall is ticks. Although not as common as in some parts of the province, ticks can be a real problem for pet owners in the Comox Valley and tick awareness is growing among pet owners.
Fleas are small, dark, wingless, external parasites that live on mammals and survive by feeding on their host’s blood. There are several different species of fleas, some being host specific (cat flea vs. dog flea). Although the fleas we find on our pets do not like to live on humans, they rarely pass up the opportunity to bite! An adult must take a blood meal before they can reproduce and an adult female flea can lay up to 5000 eggs in their lifetime!
How can fleas harm my cat?
Fleas can be harmful to your cat in several ways. Fleas carry tapeworm which can be transmitted to your cat, which is why we strongly recommend you deworm your cat with an appropriate tapeworm medicine if treating for fleas. Several pets also suffer from flea allergy dermatitis (FAD) which can be very uncomfortable and can cause a secondary skin infection requiring medications. In severe cases, fleas have also been known to cause anemia which can cause lethargy and in the very extreme cases even cause death in very young, flea infested kittens.
Why is treating and preventing fleas important?
Treating and preventing fleas is important to stop an infestation from entering your home and for the overall health and well being of your pet. Prevention is key. Once fleas are detected, treatment is typically required for a minimum of 3 months in order to break the lifecycle.
Simple steps for treating fleas in your senior cats?
Treating fleas is simple! The best treatment is prevention and this rings just as true for our senior cats. There are several safe products for use on senior cats and your veterinarian will help answer any questions or concerns you may have. Some senior cats require long-term medications for other illnesses or disease. Your veterinarian can guide you on the safest form of flea prevention to use if your cat is currently taking other medications.
Van Isle Veterinary Hospital is super excited to be hosting our 4th annual cupcake day fundraiser! BCSPCA celebrates “Treat Week” across the Province from Feb 24th – March 1st 2020 where business, pet owners and animal lovers can bake up a storm and sell treats with the proceeds going to BC animals in need.
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 Friday, March 19, 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 250.334.8400. 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 OPEN and temporarily operating as a 24-hour hospital.
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.
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 Van Isle Veterinary Hospital