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

What are fleas?

Fleas are an external parasite that can cause severe itching in your pet. Fleas live off of other animals like our cats, taking small frequent blood meals and reproducing at alarming rates.

If you look at the tail base of your cat and work your way up the spine, you may notice little pepper-like grains in his fur, this is known as flea dirt. Generally, if you see flea dirt then your cat has fleas. If your cat spends any time outdoors, then our veterinarians would recommend that he is treated on a monthly basis with a flea preventative.

Ticks don’t seem to be as big of a problem in cats as they are with dogs, but they can certainly get them if they are spending time outdoors in wooded or shaded areas. Because cats are such fastidious groomers, they quite often remove the ticks themselves. Ticks can be as small as the tip of a pen, or as large as a mid-sized grape when engorged. You will want to pay particular attention around the ears, armpits, groin and between the toes. If you find a tick on your cat and need assistance to remove it, then give the clinic a call to schedule a time for a “tick check” with one of our veterinary technicians.

Unfortunately, there are not many tick preventions available for cats, as the medication that is used in tick preventatives can be highly toxic to cats. Currently, the best preventative is to check your cat every time they come in from being outside.

How do fleas harm the cats?

The most common thing pet parents will see when their cat has fleas is consistent and persistent scratching. This scratching can lead to skin irritation and a condition known as flea allergy dermatitis. If the pet is really young or has a heavy burden of fleas, this could lead to anemia (reduction in red blood cells). In severe cases, the anemia can lead to death.

Why is treating and preventing fleas so important?

Not only are fleas itchy and annoying, they can transmit tapeworms, an intestinal parasite to your cat. Severe flea allergy dermatitis can lead to a secondary infection and severe cases of anemia can lead to death.

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

Contact Park Road Veterinary Clinic to discuss the different flea treatments and preventions available.

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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 Wednesday, March 18, 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 519-759-3031. 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: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm. Saturday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. Sunday: Closed.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 3-5 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 Park Road Veterinary Clinic