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.


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.

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

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 Thursday, March 19, 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 780 939 3133. We will take a history of your pet over the phone, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. Once the examination is finished, we will call you to discuss our recommended treatment plan and then return your pet to your car.

2. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm, Saturdays 8:00 am-6:00 pm and Sundays 10:00 am-5:00 pm.

3. 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.

4. We ask that payments be made over the phone with a credit card whenever possible. However, we will still accept debit payments if needed.

5. 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 Morinville Veterinary Clinic