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.
Most kittens are born with parasites and continue to be exposed to parasites as they grow. Many environmental factors can expose them to worms, such as fleas, rodents, feces from other cats, etc. Deworming does not prevent infection but instead purges the system of any worms currently infecting your cat. It is therefore important to deworm your cat regularly to ensure we are keeping your cat safe and parasite free. If you are concerned that your cat may have worms, please contact us, and we can discuss your deworming options.
Internal parasites include roundworms, hookworms, tapeworms, and whipworms.
If my cat has worms, what symptoms should I look for?
Often, internal parasitic infections don’t show any clinical signs. If there are many worms present, your cat may experience segments in the stool, weight loss, diarrhea, or vomiting.
Are worms dangerous to humans?
Some types of hookworms, roundworms, and tapeworms can be transmitted to humans. People with weakened immune systems are more susceptible to infection. It includes children, seniors, and people who are on immunosuppressive medications.
What is the deworming schedule?
The schedule for deworming depends on the lifestyle of your cat, and the risk for people that are in contact with your cat. Deworming one a year is the recommended minimum. Some cats who are avid hunters should be dewormed at least 3-4 times a year.
Are there any side effects from deworming medication?
Deworming medications should always be given with food as they can sometimes be hard on the stomach. You might also see segments of worms in the cat’s stool for a few days after the treatment has been given.
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, 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 us. 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.
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 to Friday: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Prevost Veterinary Clinic