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Cooler Weather Means More Fleas

Fleas love hot weather, but as our temperatures, cool fleas are looking for a warm spot to live. This usually means our pets are their first choice to hop on for warmth and stay for a while.

If you are not sure what a flea is, they are a small parasite that feeds by sucking blood from animals. Young fleas do not bite, but adult fleas do and usually feed several times a day. Fleas are a reddish brown colour, tiny, flat and can jump up to 20 cm vertically and 41 cm horizontally.

Fleas can cause discomfort to our pets. Some pets have allergic reactions to the flea’s saliva, which we see in a rash form. Some pets are itchy or have hair loss. If a severe enough burden of fleas on your pet has happened, they can cause anemia (low red blood cells).

Fleas can transmit tapeworms and some other diseases to our pets. Checking your pet daily for fleas will help protect them. When checking look for a dark pepper like crust or the little critter itself. They are very fast, so be quick about it.

If your pet does have fleas, clean all bedding with hot soapy water and clean the sleeping area well, by washing down walls and vacuuming floors and baseboards. See your veterinarian for a dose of Advantage, or a product that is best for the pet to help get rid of those pesky fleas.

Written by Christine Attridge-Hardy, Practice Manager

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Last updated: December 11, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we have made some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

4. 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.

5. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday to Friday: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm


6. GROOMING SERVICES

If your pet requires grooming, please give us a call and we will put your name on a list. Our groomer Stephanie will contact you directly to schedule an appointment.

7. COUNTRY TAILS DOGGIE DAYCARE

As of Tuesday, May 19, 2020, Country Tails Doggie Daycare is open! Their temporary hours of operation are 8:00 am - 6:00 pm. You may get touch with one of our daycare team members at (905) 690-8005 or at countrytails@clappisonvet.com

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

- Your dedicated team at Clappison Animal Hospital