We remain open to provide 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.
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.
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, March 23, 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 416.423.3042. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan.
2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.
3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, & closed Saturday to Sunday
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.
5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
6. Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
7. 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.
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.