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.
Ticks are very common in Kamloops! Ticks are generally seen as long as the daytime temperature remains above 4°C, though they are most common from February to July. Ticks can carry a variety of diseases such as Lyme disease and blood-borne diseases, but those types of ticks are not common in the Kamloops area. A condition known as tick paralysis is known to occur commonly in our area. In these cases, the cat will become paralyzed starting with their hind end usually. Paralysis resolves soon after the tick is removed though it is important that the tick is removed as soon as possible to prevent serious complications. As cats are quite fastidious groomers, it is not common to treat your cat against ticks. However, if your feline friend is overweight, grooming certain areas can be difficult for them. In this instance, tick prevention is recommended. Lice are also very common in Kamloops. They are usually very itchy, especially around the collar and ears. Please bring your pet to the vet if you think your pet has lice for confirmation and treatment. Fleas, however, are uncommon in Kamloops though they are often found in the surrounding areas such as Clearwater and Vancouver. Prevention and/or treatment may be required if your pet travels to a high-risk area or if fleas are noted on your pet during an exam.
Examine your cat for ticks often during tick season, especially if they are outdoors and walking in tall grasses. Spread the fur to look at the skin. Common areas ticks are found are in and around the ears, collar, belly or bum areas, though they can be anywhere on your pet. They are oval shaped and brown/grey and they can be the size of your pinky nail or smaller depending on how long they have been attached. If you find what you think may be a tick, call your veterinarian for advice or to confirm that it is, in fact, a tick and for advice on removing. Cats with fleas and lice are usually VERY itchy. Lice are usually tiny brown bugs attached to your pet’s skin whereas fleas are usually always on the move a scurrying around. If you suspect your pet has fleas or lice, please make an appointment with your vet to determine what the parasite is and to obtain appropriate treatment.
Do fleas harm cats?
Fleas can be harmful to your cat in several ways. Fleas carry the tapeworm parasite which can easily be transmitted to your cat. Some pets can also suffer from flea allergic dermatitis (FAD) which can be very uncomfortable and can cause a secondary skin infection requiring medications. In severe cases, fleas have also been known to cause anemia which can cause lethargy and in the very extreme cases even cause death in very young, flea-infested kittens.
Why is treating and preventing fleas so important?
Treating and preventing fleas is important to stop an infestation from entering your home and for the overall health and well-being of your pet. Prevention is key. Once fleas are detected, treatment is typically required for a minimum of 3 months in order to break the lifecycle.
What are some simple steps for treating fleas in your senior cat?
Treating your cat for fleas is simple, however, prevention is the key. There are several options available and your Veterinarian can discuss which option would be the best for your kitty.
Kennel cough is a highly contagious upper respiratory infection, that can be caused by a variety of different viruses and bacteria. The kennel cough vaccine available is able to protect against one of the most common sources of kennel cough, but just like with our human influenza vaccine, it cannot cover every strain.
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. Please bring a cell phone to your appointment. If you don't have a cell phone, please let us know and we will email you a history form to fill out prior to your appointment. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 250.374.1485. Be prepared to wait in your vehicle until our exam room is ready for your visit. Our team will arrange to meet you at the front door or at your vehicle. Please transfer your pet without any accoutrements (no clothing, toys, or other accessories). All cats must come in carriers. The doctor will call you on your cell phone to discuss the treatment plan.
2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time. If we don't have a record of your pet's previous vaccines, please bring that with you, especially if it's a puppy or kitten.
3. We are still OPEN with the following hours:
Monday to Saturday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.
With recent operation changes, we have decided to close for lunch daily between 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm. This closure ensures our staff gets a much-needed break and a chance to reorganize orders and catch up. Thank you for your understanding!
4. 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. 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 cards and debit card payments are still 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 Kamloops Veterinary Clinic