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.
They’re creepy, they’re crawly, and most people would prefer not to have to deal with them. Ticks. Many of us have picked them off of ourselves and picked them off of our dogs (or got someone else to do it for us!). But, did you know that cats can be bitten by ticks too?
Humans and dogs can get illnesses like Lyme Disease from ticks. Can cats get Lyme Disease too? The organism that causes Lyme Disease can infect cats, but fortunately, are fairly resistant to showing any symptoms of the illness.
Ticks can spread other diseases to cats; some of them can be very serious. You can read more about some of these here.
I don’t want to pick ticks off my cat, and I don’t want to risk my cat getting a tick-borne disease! What can I do? The best way to avoid ticks on your cat is to keep them indoors and away from potential tick-infested environments. If your cat does go outdoors, there are products to help kill ticks if they do get onto your cat.
There are a variety of topical medications and collars that exist to kill ticks, but we advise checking the ingredients and discussing them with your veterinarian. Many of these medications contain chemicals that cats are very sensitive to and can cause a cat to become very sick. There are other options that do not include these chemicals and are easy to use to protect your cat from ticks. Your veterinarian and their staff can help you choose the best option for your cat.
Circling around before lying down is likely a residual instinct from when their ancestors lived out in the wilderness. Your dog’s ancestors would have paced in circles to flatten down and warm their sleeping area.
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.
Last Updated: Monday, May 11, 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 can now see all cases by appointment only.
3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday & Tuesday: 7:30 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday & Thursday: 7:30 am - 8:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.
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 St. Vital Veterinary Hospital