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.
Deworming refers to treating your cat to get rid of intestinal parasites, which are fairly common especially in outdoor cats. Worms can cause digestive issues, are easily transmittable to humans and other pets and are just plain yucky. Our veterinarians can offer simple solutions to treat or prevent an infestation.
The most common internal parasites that are found in cats are tapeworms, roundworms, hookworms and whipworms, none of which are pleasant.
What are worm infestation symptoms in cats?
Some infestation symptoms can include weight loss, diarrhea, or bloody stools. You can often notice a bloated belly in kittens and even occasional vomiting. As well, increased licking or grooming around the anal area may require further investigation. If you notice little white rice-like sections in or around stools, your kitty definitely has an issue.
Can worms affect humans?
Parasitic worms can indeed be transferable to humans and this is why we highly recommend regular preventive treatment especially if you have young children. Protecting yourself by keeping the litter box clean, washing your hands after cleaning it and keeping an eye out for symptoms of infestation will help to avoid transmission.
What is the deworming schedule?
A deworming schedule is entirely dependant on your cat’s lifestyle. For an indoor cat, we may only recommend deworming annually, but if your cat is a barnyard hunter, more frequent, even monthly treatment will be required. Please contact us and we can determine the best treatment schedule for your kitty.
Are there any deworming medication side effects?
Deworming medications rarely have any side effects. On rare occasions, there may be some stomach upset after an oral treatment or some hair loss after topical treatment.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 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: 8:00 am - 9:00 pm - Saturday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm - Sunday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Morinville Veterinary Clinic