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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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Last updated: August 3, 2021

Dear Clients,

In order to maintain everyone's safety and prevent the spread of COVID-19, the following procedures have been implemented:

If you have a fever, new or worsening cough, shortness of breath, runny nose, nasal congestion, loss of sense of smell, sore throat, painful swallowing, headache, muscle aches, fatigue, loss of appetite, chills, or fever we ask that you do not attend your pet's appointment.

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- Your dedicated team at St. Vital Veterinary Hospital