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Cat Deworming

Intestinal parasites are common in cats, especially cats who venture outdoors. Parasites can rob your cat of important nutrients and cause digestive upset. They are also transmissible to other animals and humans. We will talk with you about your cat’s risk level for parasitism and set up a schedule for deworming that is tailored to your cat’s needs.

What are some internal cat parasites?

Internal parasites in cats can include roundworm, hookworms, whipworms and tapeworms.

What are worm infestation symptoms in cats?

Worm infestation symptoms can include weight loss, diarrhea, blood in the stool, vomiting and a bloated abdomen. These symptoms are not specific to worm infestation and can also be seen with many other disorders in cats.

Do worm affect humans?

Yes, humans can become infected with roundworms. The roundworm eggs are microscopic and are shed in the stool of infected cats. Humans come into contact with the eggs by contacting infected cats and inadvertently, ingesting the microscopic eggs.

What is the deworming schedule?

The deworming schedule will depend on your cat’s risk level for parasitism. In general, we recommend annual deworming for indoor cats and quarterly (every 3 months) deworming for outdoor cats who are actively hunting.

Any deworming medication side effects?

Deworming medication side effects are extremely rare. For oral deworming medications, there is a low chance of any gastrointestinal upset or allergic reaction. For topical deworming medications, there is a low chance of hair loss at the application site or allergic reaction.

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Last updated: December 16, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 2020 the 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

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. 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.

5. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday to Friday: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sunday: CLOSED

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

- Your dedicated team at Killarney Cat Hospital