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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: December 15, 2020

Dear Clients,

Due to high numbers of COVID-19 and recent changes to restrictions, we will be returning to a full closed door policy effective Monday October 26th.

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

a) With the exception of euthanasia, clients will no longer be able to accompany their pets into the hospital for their appointment. Appointments will be conducted over the phone.

b) Parking stall signs will be placed in front of each parking stall giving direction on how to proceed once you arrive.  When arriving for an appointment we ask that you remain in your vehicle and call us at 204-253-2668 to check in, we will provide further information on next steps.

c) When picking up food or medication please TEXT your last name, pets name and stall# to 431-400-7822.  This information will be on the parking stall signage.

d) In order to further decrease traffic we encourage you to purchase your pet food and non-prescription supplies online using our online store (direct access to the online store is also available on our website).  Your purchase will be shipped directly to your home.  Orders over $100 ship for free!

e) Prescriptions and in clinic purchases of food and supplies must be pre-ordered.

f) We will continue with cashless payment options (Visa, Mastercard, AMEX & E-Transfer).

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 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