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.
There are a variety of worms that cats can get from the environment and from what they eat. Fortunately, we have tools to diagnose intestinal parasites, as well as treat them. We would love to help you ensure that your cat and your home is worm free. Ask us about the best deworming schedule for your cat(s).
The most common parasites that we see in cats are roundworms and tapeworms. A cat can become infected with roundworms from contaminated soil or surfaces, or kittens can become infected through the mother’s milk. Tapeworms require a host for a cat to become infected. They can become infected with these parasites by eating either a rodent or a flea. Other parasites that we can see in cats include coccidia, giardia, and hookworms. Cats become infected with these parasites from a contaminated environment as well.
If my cat has worms, what symptoms should I look for?
Some of the main symptoms seen if your cat has worms are diarrhea, bloating, lethargy, anorexia, and vomiting. It is more commonly seen in kittens and outdoor cats but can sometimes be seen in indoor cats as well. Other things that may be seen if your cat has worms are actual adult worms in the feces and ‘sesame seed’ looking things on the fur by your cat’s anus.
Are worms dangerous to humans?
Some of the worms that cats can get can be passed to humans. Roundworms are the most common parasite that we see, which is one of the parasites that humans can contract. When transmitted to humans, the roundworm larvae migrate to the eye, which if untreated can cause permanent loss of vision. This parasite can also migrate to the lungs, which causes coughing and asthma-like symptoms. How do humans get roundworms? Humans can become infected after accidentally ingesting roundworm eggs in soil or other contaminated surfaces. Roundworms mainly affect children and compromised individuals.
What is the deworming schedule?
A cat’s deworming schedule will vary depending on the life stage of the cat and the environment it lives in. Ideally, a kitten should be dewormed every two weeks from 2-8 weeks of age, then monthly until six months. Once an adult, 2-4 times yearly, depending on the cat’s exposure to parasites. An outdoor cat may even require more.
Are there any side effects from deworming medication?
We seldom see any side effects with our dewormers. What we see more often is adult worms coming out in the stool. This can be a little disturbing for some people but be comforted to know that the dewormer is doing what it is designed to do.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 15, 2020 some 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
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 519-893-1360. 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. We are asking that all food and medications are pre-paid at the time of ordering it. If your food is not prepaid, we unfortunately cannot hold it for you for longer than 1 day at this time. If you are paying Debit, we will be allowing one client at a time to enter the clinic to pay. Currently, we prefer not to take cash.
Our online store is available to have 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. 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: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Saturday: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm (food and medication pickup only)
- 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 Manitou Animal Hospital Team