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Do Cats Get Ticks?

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.

Written by: Dr. Dawn Williams, DVM

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Last updated: October 21, 2020

Dear Clients,

Due to high numbers of COVID-19 and recent changes to restrictions, we will be returning to a full closed door policy effective Monday October 26th.

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

a) With the exception of euthanasia, clients will no longer be able to accompany their pets into the hospital for their appointment. Appointments will be conducted over the phone.

b) Parking stall signs will be placed in front of each parking stall giving direction on how to proceed once you arrive.  When arriving for an appointment we ask that you remain in your vehicle and call us at 204-253-2668 to check in, we will provide further information on next steps.

c) When picking up food or medication please TEXT your last name, pets name and stall# to 431-400-7822.  This information will be on the parking stall signage.

d) In order to further decrease traffic we encourage you to purchase your pet food and non-prescription supplies online using our online store (direct access to the online store is also available on our website).  Your purchase will be shipped directly to your home.  Orders over $100 ship for free!

e) Prescriptions and in clinic purchases of food and supplies must be pre-ordered.

f) We will continue with cashless payment options (Visa, Mastercard, AMEX & E-Transfer).

g) A specific amount of time has been allotted for your appointment so if your pet needs additional services (nail trim, anal glands etc.) please let us know in advance.

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.

If you have been instructed to self isolate for 14 days due to travel from Eastern Canada, travelled outside of Canada, had contact with someone known to have COVID-19 in the last 14 days, or are waiting for COVID-19 test results we ask that you do not attend your pet's appointment.

OPERATING HOURS

We are 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
Sunday: Closed

NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at St. Vital Veterinary Hospital