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.
Most people believe that when fall comes, the fleas are gone. This is far from the truth. In actuality, the temperature outside starts to drop and we see more fleas migrating indoors to the warmth. We get an abundant number of calls this time of year for fleas.
A flea will lay eggs daily for its 4-6 week life span. The eggs will fall off the pet and into environment (cracks, carpets,). The eggs then hatch into larvae. The larvae will feed off of the flea dirt that also falls off of the pet. From egg to Larvae can take at least 9 days or more. Larva then spin a cocoon and are now called pupae. Pupae are sticky and virtually indestructible. During this stage they are developing into the adult flea. Pupae can lay dormant in this stage for up to a year waiting for conditions to be perfect. Warm temperatures, vibrations, carbon dioxide) will cause pupae to hatch. This is why when people leave an environment for a period of time and come back, develop an outbreak (ie, close the cottage for winter and return in spring). Bingo Fleas.
Treating fleas or preventing fleas starts with a good product. You can choose to use over the counter pet store products. Success with flea treatment with these products and be frustrating and extremely lengthy. You also have to be very conscious of what the ingredients are as permethrin-containing products are toxic for cats and can potentially cause death in the cat.
If you live in an apartment setting, it may be reasonable to place your pet on year long flea prevention products as there is a higher risk of your pet picking up fleas and bringing them into the environment.
Your veterinarian can help and provide the appropriate flea prevention/treatment product for your pet as well as products for the environment.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 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, heartworm testing, 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 - Tuesday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm Wednesday - Thursday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!