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Cat Deworming

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.

What are some types of parasites found in cats?

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.

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Last updated: May 29, 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, 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. 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


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 Prevost Veterinary Clinic