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.
For fleas, if the infestation is severe, you can see the fleas jumping and moving around. If it is not severe, you may notice that your cat is restless, or scratching and licking a bit more than normal. Fleas are tiny and blackish in colour. Turn your cat on it’s back and check the armpits and groin for redness, blood or dirt. You may see red bumps. For ticks, do a thorough body check. Starting at the head, run your hands over your cat’s body, paying attention to areas like under the collar, in and around the ears, under the tail, between the toes, groin and armpits. You are feeling for something the size of a pencil eraser. You may also notice your cat is bothering at a certain spot. If you notice any of these things or suspect your cat may have fleas or ticks, give us a call and we can help you out.
Fleas are little, bloodsucking, jumping bugs that can live a long time without a food source. They are quite irritating and can make your cat quite itchy.
How do fleas harm cats?
They are quite irritating and can make your cat quite itchy. They can cause blood loss, skin issues, and if ingested can cause a tapeworm infestation.
Why is treating and preventing fleas so important?
Not only are fleas a nuisance to both you and your pet, but a flea infestation can be fatal if left untreated. The easiest way to protect your pet is to prevent the fleas from finding your pet appealing in the first place.
What are ticks? How are they treated?
Ticks are a parasite that lives in tall grasses and trees and they attach themselves to your pet’s skin and help themselves to a blood meal. If you find one, you can pull it out but be sure to learn the appropriate way of doing so. At Mill Creek, we like to prevent them from latching on in the first place, by using a product that keeps the ticks from even wanting to latch on.
I recently had my check-up with Dr. B, and he mentioned that I have a lot of tartar on my teeth and something called a resorptive lesion. I had been noticing that my mouth wasn’t feeling so clean, and it did hurt when I ate my kibble.
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 Monday, March 23, 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 780-432-7297. A team member will bring your pet inside and we will give you a call to go over the history. The exam will take place in our hospital and our Doctor will communicate the results of the examination via telephone.
2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations and some routine visits. All other services will be scheduled for a later time. For availability, please give us a call.
3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm.
4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 3-5 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. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.
5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit card payments over the phone are 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 Mill Creek Animal Hospital