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.
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.
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 Thursday, March 19, 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 780 939 3133. We will take a history of your pet over the phone, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. Once the examination is finished, we will call you to discuss our recommended treatment plan and then return your pet to your car.
2. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm, Saturdays 8:00 am-6:00 pm and Sundays 10:00 am-5:00 pm.
3. 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.
4. We ask that payments be made over the phone with a credit card whenever possible. However, we will still accept debit payments if needed.
5. 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.
- Your dedicated team at Morinville Veterinary Clinic