We remain open to provide urgent 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.
Deworming is a simple method of treating any intestinal parasites that your cat may have. The routine deworming treatment that our hospital prescribes doesn’t even require you to administer any oral medication. The deworming used is a topical product that you apply onto the skin between your cat’s shoulder blades.
Some internal parasites that cats can get include roundworm, tapeworm, and hookworm. Another commonly seen parasite is coccidia. The topical treatment mentioned above does not work to treat coccidia and oral medication must be administered to treat this parasite.
What are worm infestation symptoms in cats?
Tapeworm segments (which are pieces of the actual tapeworm) look like grains of rice and can be seen around the cat’s rectum. Other parasites can cause gastrointestinal upset, such as vomiting or diarrhea. Internal parasites can also cause the cat to just look generally unwell with poor fur quality and thin body condition. However, frequently there are no external signs of parasitic infestation in cats.
Can worms affect humans?
Yes, some worms can be transmitted to humans. That’s why it is so important to have your cat’s stool analyzed for the presence of parasites.
What is the deworming schedule?
Typically, kittens are dewormed a couple of times when they are first brought into the house. We recommend keeping your cat strictly indoors to help prevent worm infestation (not to mention prevention of disease transmission from other cats and to decrease the risk of serious traumatic injury). If your cat goes outside, then it is recommended to deworm your cat every 3 months to treat any internal parasites.
Any deworming medication side effects?
Generally, there aren’t any deworming medication side effects. Sometimes the cat can develop diarrhea if there is a high worm count in their intestines.
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 April 6, 2020:
1. We are currently operating a "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. Our door will be locked. Please call the number posted on the front door when you arrive and one of our Registered Veterinary Technicians will come to take the history and collect your pet. Our veterinarian will contact you by phone to discuss your pet's health before you leave.
2. We are offering urgent care appointments only at this time.
3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 8 am - 6 pm, Wednesday 8 am - 7 pm, and Friday 8 am - 4 pm.
4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 3-5 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 ahead of time to ensure we have what you need and can have it prepared before your arrival. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the Online Store, please 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 jobs. We have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this disease.
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.