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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.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.
1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE
If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
4. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 8 am - 6 pm Wednesday: 8 am - 7 pm Friday: 8 am - 4 pm Saturday & Sunday: Closed
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!