Cat Flea Control

The lower mainland has a perfect climate for fleas year-round. Since cats are such good groomers, you may not even see them on your cat, but rest assured if they go outside or if you have another pet that may be bringing fleas in, they are at risk for carrying fleas. These pesky parasites can be easy to prevent with many easy-to-use products.

How do I know if my cat has fleas?

There are a few ways to check if your cat has fleas. One of the simple tests you can do is stand your cat over damp paper towels and give them a good petting or brushing to shake up their fur. If a cat has fleas, often there will be flea dirt (feces) that will drop onto the wet paper towel. If there is any, this will turn red as flea feces is made up of your cat’s blood. This test can also be done by running a flea comb though your cat’s fur and wiping the debris with the wet paper towel.

Do fleas harm cats?

Fleas can carry parasites, and in heavy infestations, cats can become anemic as the flea is feeding on their blood.

Why is treating and preventing fleas so important?

Fleas are one of the most frustrating things to treat and yet they are so simple to prevent. It is always simpler to stay ahead of this problem, and while preventing fleas, you are also preventing other health conditions that can be related to them (i.e. tapeworms).

What are some simple steps for treating fleas in your cat?

Flea prevention is now as easy as a monthly topical product or an injection every 6 months. Our team would be happy to discuss the different options for flea prevention, some of which may now include tick prevention if your cat is at risk. Feel free to contact our office directly to find out which product would work best for you and your cat.

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.

Unfortunately, due to the ongoing health crisis, we have suspended our pet boarding services until further notice, and we are not accepting new patients at this time due to higher than normal case-loads. Thank you for your understanding.

Note: If you are experiencing respiratory symptoms, please let us know when you book your pet’s appointment. As the potential to spread to pets is still relatively unknown, it is possible that your pet could create a risk to other people who may be handling him or her. Whenever possible, please send someone who is not experiencing respiratory symptoms to the appointment with your pet.

The following changes are effective as of Tuesday, March 17, 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 604-526-0334. We will bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then call you on your cell phone to discuss the issues with your pet, and you will have a telemedicine consult with the veterinarian to discuss further diagnostics required or a treatment plan for your pet. Following the end of the appointment, we will return your pet to your vehicle. If you do not have a cell phone, please knock on our door to let us know you have arrived and then return to your vehicle.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. Where possible, we will do our best to accommodate annual vaccinations; however, all other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours:
Monday – Friday: 8:30 am – 6:30 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

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.

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.

In these uncertain times, please see the below link for the most recent information for the public on COVID-19 and animals from the Government of Canada (specifically the Canadian Food Inspection Agency).


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 South Burnaby Veterinary Hospital