Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.
Cats can get intestinal parasites (worms), as well as many other types of bugs, in many different ways. Most commonly we see infections and infestations in kittens and cats being passed from mother to offspring, from going to the bathroom outdoors, from eating prey species like mice and birds, or from getting bitten by other bugs like ticks and mosquitoes.
Some examples of intestinal parasites (worms) in cats are roundworms, tapeworms, pinworms, hookworms, giardia, and many others.
What are worm infestation symptoms in cats?
Since most intestinal parasites in cats are symbiotic, they produce no symptoms. Cats appear healthy and happy, but they have parasites growing inside of them stealing their nutrition. Depending on the type of worm, you can see a small piece of worm attached to the fur. Common symptoms of worms are diarrhea, vomiting, weight loss and matted fur/unhealthy looking skin.
Do worm affect humans?
Some cat worms can infect people (zoonotic).
What does a deworming schedule look like?
Cats should be dewormed once every 2 weeks from the ages of 6 weeks to 4 months, then a monthly prevention can protect them from acquiring the majority of parasites in our area. If you are travelling with your pet, please let us know as different areas in the world have different parasites! We need to keep your pet healthy and safe while you are on vacation!
Are there any deworming medication side effects?
Side effects for medicated (prescription) deworming are almost non-existent. Occasionally, a pet can experience upset stomachs (decreased appetite or vomiting) or diarrhea for a short time.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 4, 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
We are allowing 1 client per pet into the hospital (up to a maximum of 3 clients in our hospital at one time). Clients are to wait in the waiting room during the exam since there is not enough space for physical distancing with the veterinarian in our small exam rooms. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us so a staff member can meet you at the door and bring you and your pet into the hospital.
We ask that you wear a mask when in our building and encourage you to bring your own.
You may choose to continue with the "closed-door" approach and we can obtain a history over the phone and then collect the pet at the door for the exam. The Veterinarian will then 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. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm Tuesday: 7:00 am - 6:00 pm Wednesday and Thursday: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm Friday: 7:00 am - 6:00 pm Saturday: 8:30 am - 1:00 pm Sunday: CLOSED
NEW PET OWNERS
Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!