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.
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.
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.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 2020 some 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 416-752-5114. 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. Cash will not be accepted at this time.
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: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm - Tuesday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm - Wednesday: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm - Thursday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm - Friday: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm - Saturday: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm - Sunday: CLOSED
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!