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.
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.
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.
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 403.246.1115. 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.
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.
3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 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. 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.