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.
There are many parasites your cat can pick up, whether they are a kitten or fully-grown. Indoor and outdoor cats are both at risk of contracting worms, as it is very easy for contaminated material to be brought into our homes on our clothing and shoes. The easiest way to determine if your cat has a worm burden would be to collect a small sample of their stool and bring it in for a fecal test.
The more commonly contracted feline parasites are roundworms (Toxocara Cati), hookworms (Ancylostoma tubaeforme), and tapeworms (Taenia spp.). Roundworms and hookworms can be transmitted to kittens from their mother, or from ingestion of contaminated fecal matter. Tapeworms are commonly picked up by hunting cats through the ingestion of infected rodents, fleas, and birds.
What are worm infestation symptoms in cats?
Some cats may develop a distended abdomen, diarrhea, and a general poor condition, but many other cats display no clinical signs. This is why fecal testing is so important. It is fairly common for cats infected with tapeworms to have small dried rice-like worm segments found on their hind end. These worm segments can make their hind ends quite itchy, so scooting is a common sign of a tapeworm burden.
Do worms affect humans?
Roundworms and hookworms do have zoonotic potential meaning humans can contract them. The feline tapeworm species cannot be picked up by people.
What is the deworming schedule?
The deworming schedule is typically two doses of an oral, broad-spectrum deworming medication, along with one dose of a topical dewormer/flea prevention medication. The tapeworm deworming schedule is individual to the patient.
Any deworming medication side effects?
The deworming medication is relatively safe to the patient, so side effects are rare or very minor. Some cats may experience soft stools as they pass worms.
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 to Friday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!