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Fleas in Pets

Whether you live in Morinville on a farm or Edmonton in an apartment, your pets are at risk of having a flea problem. If you do not think that they could have a problem because you never see any fleas, here are two facts that you should be aware of: First, most of the fleas in the environment are not on the pet. For every adult flea you find, there are twenty immature ones in the area. Second, cats are such efficient groomers that you may never see any of the fleas they have before the cat removes them.

It is true that Northern Alberta is not the most hospitable environment for fleas. The cold winters certainly kill off a lot of the fleas that are outside. Even so, fleas are incredibly hardy creatures. They can survive in temperatures too hot or too cold for people and pets. They can go for 6 months without eating. When a food source presents itself, a female flea can start laying eggs within 2 days. One adult flea can lay 200,000 eggs in her lifetime.

The life cycle of fleas starts when they detect a dog or cat in the area and hop on. Within minutes, they start biting and can begin reproducing. The female lays eggs that fall off wherever the animal may travel. Within a week, those eggs will hatch into larvae, small wormlike creatures that tunnel downwards to get away from the light and eat the debris that sinks to the ground. Larvae go through several stages to get larger before becoming pupae. A pupae is a larva covered in hard, sticky coating that can survive in any harsh environment while it changes into a flea. The larval stage lasts 1 to 3 weeks, with the larva eating constantly. The pupae can survive for months despite heat, cold, and all manner of chemical treatment. This stage does not eat at all in those months. The adult flea only hatches when conditions are right. The right conditions are that a food source is present. When that happens, the adult flea hatches hungry.

There are many ways to treat for fleas. The best ones treat more than one stage of the life cycle without affecting pets or people. The best ones last for weeks so they treat new fleas that continue to jump on. The best ones do not get washed off by bathing. Fleas are tough! Treatment has to be just as tough.

If you are unsure whether your pet has fleas, or you are sure they do and you want to get rid of them, you should talk to your vet and get some answers.

Written by Morinville Veterinary Clinic

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Dear Clients,

Thank you for choosing Morinville Veterinary Clinic for your pets' veterinary needs. As we continue to adjust to the "new normal," we have implemented new protocols to keep you and our team safe.

It is still preferred that you stay in your vehicle while we bring your pet in for their appointment. However, as of Monday, July 21, 2020, we will be allowing one client to accompany their pet during their visit.

Along with wearing a face mask and using hand sanitizer, any client wishing to be present during an exam will need to record your name, phone number and email address for contact tracing purposes, in compliance with Alberta Health requirements.

Should you choose to come in with your pet, we kindly ask that you comply with the following protocols:

  • Our doors will remain locked. Please call us at 780.939.3133 upon your arrival.
  • Physical distance with staff and other clients while inside the building.
  • Face coverings must be worn to enter the clinic.
  • Use hand washing station upon entry.
  • Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
  • Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
  • If you wish to wait in your vehicle during the appointment, when you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
  • 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.

    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.

    OPERATING HOURS

    We are OPEN with the following hours:

    - Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
    - Saturday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
    - Sunday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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

    - Your dedicated team at Morinville Veterinary Clinic