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.

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Cat Deworming

Routine deworming for cats, whether they are indoor or outdoor cats, is highly recommended. Many intestinal parasites can actually be found in indoor cats, as some are transmitted through fleas or even potting soil.

What are some internal cat parasites?

Some common intestinal cat parasites are tapeworms, roundworm, and hookworm.

What are worm infestation symptoms in cats?

Some intestinal parasites in certain life stages can be seen in the feces of the cat, like tapeworm (look like grains of rice) or roundworm (look like pasta noodles). Often intestinal parasites are microscopic, which is why a routine stool test is always recommended as part of your cat’s preventive care. Additional symptoms include seeing your cat scooting the bum across the ground, licking excessively in that area, or diarrhea.

Do worm affect humans?

Yes, many intestinal parasites that your cat may be infected with are zoonotic. Meaning, they can be transmitted to humans so it’s important to regularly deworm and test your cat’s stool, especially when you have young children at home, or someone with a suppressed immune system.

What is the deworming schedule?

The deworming schedule depends on the age, environment, and risk to your pet specifically. In general, kittens are dewormed several times in their first few months and this may extend to every 6 months once older.

Any deworming medication side effects?

There can be side effects of deworming medication. However, they are not common and the benefits of deworming outweigh any possible side effects. It’s important, however, that your dewormer for your cat is prescribed specifically by your veterinarian, based on your pets needs and weight. We recommend only veterinary prescribed deworming medication, as it is regulated for safety.

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

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 416-752-5114. 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. If you do not have a cell phone please knock our door to let us know you have arrived and then return to your vehicle.

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. We are also no longer taking grooming appointments as of Monday, March 30, until further notice.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Thursday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Friday: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 7-10 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. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.

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.

- Your dedicated team at McLean Animal Hospital