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.

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Cat Flea and Tick Control

Fleas and ticks are the most common parasites that can live on your cat. They are usually active in, but not limited to, the warmer months in Ottawa.

How do I know if my cat has fleas?

To check your dog for fleas or ticks you need to thoroughly examine your pet’s skin by parting their fur. Fleas often leave behind clues in the form of black debris (blood and fecal remnants). Ticks can be very hard to find as they can be very small or hide in thick fur. Ticks can be found most commonly around the neck and head and appear stuck to the skin. Cats may scratch, chew at their fur and/or display signs of restlessness due to itching/discomfort.

Do fleas harm cats?

Fleas may be a nuisance to you and your pet, in extreme cases of infestation fleas can cause anemia (low red blood cells). Kittens and elderly cats are at risk. Fleas are carriers of the intestinal parasite “tapeworm”.

Why is treating and preventing fleas so important?

The diligent use of flea and tick prevention medications are a great way to keep fleas and ticks off your cat. Fleas eggs and larva can remain in many areas of the household such as clothes, baseboards and bedding. We can provide many terrific options to suit your needs, lifestyle and budget.

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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 reception” policy to protect our clients and staff. Once you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 613-567-0500.

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.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Thursday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm and Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. We will be closed on Saturday for now.

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.

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

7. 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 Centretown Veterinary Hospital