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 Control

Flea and tick control is critical for cats. Keeping your cats treated with a veterinarian recommended treatment is the best way to prevent infections in your cat and household. It is important to ask your veterinarian which product to use as many products available in stores are actually toxic to cats and can be harmful or fatal.

How do I know if my cat has fleas?


Fleas are small and black/brown in colour. If you are concerned that your cat may have fleas, you can use a fine comb to brush against the fur into a tissue or paper towel. If you find debris, wet the tissue slightly and if the debris changes to a reddish brown colour, it may be flea dirt. Flea dirt is a sign of actively feeding fleas.

Do fleas harm cats?


Many cats can develop flea allergy dermatitis, which can cause hair loss and 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 cause tapeworms. When your cat grooms itself, it can ingest fleas, which will then infect the cat with tapeworms. Tapeworms are a parasite that can be passed to humans, especially young children or immune-compromised people.

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


The products we have on hand are very safe to use in senior cats. A simple tube filled with a topical medication placed at the back of the neck will keep your cat stay flea-free. Be sure to get our veterinarian’s opinion on what product is best for your cat as some over the counter (non-veterinary) products can be harmful or even fatal to cats.

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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 Thursday, 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 204.253.2668. We will take a history over the phone, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. Once the exam is complete, we will give you a call to discuss our recommended treatment plan and then return to your vehicle. For those who do not have a mobile phone, an easy knock at the door will work the same way! Note: the door will be locked. Please distance away from the entrance and a member of our team will greet you.

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 Thursday: 7:30 am - 8:00 pm, Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, and Saturday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm.

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.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

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 St. Vital Veterinary Hospital