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.
Gastrointestinal parasites found in cats are either worms or protozoa. Different types of worms seen in cats include roundworms, hookworms, tapeworms and whipworms. Protozoan parasites include Coccidia, Giardia and Toxoplasma. Heartworm, although almost unheard of in cats in Nova Scotia, can also be present in the heart and lungs.
If my cat has worms, what symptoms should I look for?
Worms can cause a variety of symptoms in cats such as a dull coat, coughing, vomiting, diarrhea, mucousy or bloody feces, loss of appetite, pale gums or a pot-bellied appearance. If there are not many worms present, there may not be any outward signs.
Are worms dangerous to humans?
Cat roundworms can infect people. When this happens, the larva of these worms can migrate through tissues and affect the organs and eyes of people. These infections are rare, but they can have serious consequences. Children are at high risk due primarily to their inadequate hygiene practices. Immunocompromised people are also considered high risk.
What is the deworming schedule?
At Avon Animal Hospital, we advocate for routine deworming for the most common parasites. Your cat’s lifestyle will determine the frequency of deworming and the type of product the vet recommends. For parasites not treated by our most common deworming products (e.g. Giardia), we recommend an annual fecal exam to help determine if your cat requires additional medication.
Are there any side effects of deworming medication?
Deworming medications are very safe and usually well tolerated by most cats. If you have any specific considerations concerning your cat, please contact us so that we can determine which dewormer is the proper one for your cat.
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 Wednesday, March 18, 2020:
1. We are currently operating a “closed reception area” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to please call the number posted on our windows. 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. If you do not have a cell phone please knock our door to let us know you have arrived and then return to your vehicle.
2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets and equine, as well as time-sensitive vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.
3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 7:30 pm. Saturday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm and Sunday: CLOSED
4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 3-5 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.
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.