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.

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Cat Deworming

Our veterinary health care team recommends deworming your cats on a regular basis, starting as a kitten and continuing throughout their lives.

What are some types of parasites found in cats?


Some of the common parasites found in cats are roundworms, tapeworms and hookworms.

If my cat has worms, what symptoms should I look for?


Vomiting worms and worms in the fecal matter and bedding are the most common signs that a cat has worms. Most worms are small and white in colour. Tapeworms may look like grains of rice present in the bedding and around the base of the tape. Roundworms look more like strings of spaghetti that can be vomited or found in their feces. Some worms are difficult to see but can cause diarrhea.

Are worms dangerous to humans?


Some worms are zoonotic; therefore, they can be transmitted to humans. Small children and immune-compromised people are especially at risk.

What is the deworming schedule?


Kittens are recommended to be dewormed every 2 weeks until approximately 3-4 months of age. Otherwise, it depends on whether or not your cat has a flea infestation or if your pet is exposed to parasites. Cats who hunt are especially at risk for infestations.

Are there any side effects of deworming medication?


Today’s veterinary prescription deworming medications undergo rigorous testing to ensure the efficiency and safety of your cats. Please contact us to discuss any concerns you may have with your cats prescription.

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Last updated: May 11, 2020

Dear Clients,

In order to maintain everyone's safety and prevent the spread of COVID-19, the following procedures have been implemented:

a) Only 1 family member may accompany the pet in the appointment.

b) You must wear a mask while in the hospital. If you do not have one we can provide you one for a $2 donation to our OSCAR fund.

c) You will be asked to sanitize your hands upon entry.

d) You must maintain a 6-foot distance from team members.

e) We will continue with cashless payment options (Visa, Mastercard, AMEX & Debit).

f) Upon arrival, please call us (204-253-2668) from your vehicle, and we will provide direction as our waiting room still remains closed, and our doors locked. If you do not have a cell phone you may ring the doorbell and wait by the "Please Wait Here" sign.

g) A specific amount of time has been allotted for your appointment so if your pet needs additional services (nail trim, anal glands etc.) please let us know in advance.

If you prefer not to be present for your pet's appointment and would prefer us to conduct the appointment via telephone please let us know.

In addition to the above-mentioned protocols we are screening all clients for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 to protect our clients and team members.

If you have a fever, new or worsening cough, shortness of breath, runny nose, nasal congestion, loss of sense of smell, sore throat, painful swallowing, headache, muscle aches, fatigue, loss of appetite, chills, or fever we ask that you do not attend your pet's appointment.

If you have been instructed to self isolate for 14 days due to travel from Eastern Canada, travelled outside of Canada, had contact with someone known to have COVID-19 in the last 14 days, or are waiting for COVID-19 test results we ask that you do not attend your pet's appointment.

OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday & Tuesday: 7:30 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday & Thursday: 7:30 am - 8:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sunday: Closed


NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at St. Vital Veterinary Hospital