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Cat Deworming

A common cause of decreased health and disease in cats are internal parasites. Fecal exams performed regularly will help identify these parasites so that an appropriate dewormer can be selected.

What are some types of parasites found in cats?


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.

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Last updated: July 23, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we can continue providing our full range of services, under certain restrictions. As our province enters the next phase of the reopening plan, we have some updates to share with you about our safety measures.

We are continuing to see all cases by appointment only including pets in need of vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, parasite prevention, and more.

Beginning July 2, 2020, clients are able to come into the hospital with their pets with the following restrictions:

SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

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.

OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 7:30 pm*
Saturday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sunday: Closed

*On weekdays we will be closed for 1 hour in the afternoon in order to catch up on communications with our clients. This is a temporary measure. Thank you for your understanding.


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 Avon Animal Hospital