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.
If your cat lives an adventurous outdoor lifestyle, they should have a fecal sample tested for intestinal parasites at least once a year. Be sure to inform the veterinarian of your cat’s normal activities so that we can provide them with the necessary parasite preventatives and treatments year-round.
Kittens should be tested for intestinal parasite and dewormed regularly for the first four months of life. The veterinarian will review a deworming program for your kitten during the first vet visit.
What are some types of internal parasites found in cats?
Intestinal parasites are common in outdoor cats. Common intestinal parasites include: Round worms, Tape Worms, Coccidia and Giardia.
If my cat has worms, what symptoms should I look for?
Often, you will not see any sign that your cat has worms. Cats may or may not experience vomiting and/or diarrhea. This is why we check a fecal sample for the microscopic eggs at a laboratory. For tapeworm infestations, you may see small rice grain size segments of the worm being shed in your cat’s feces. For any patients with diarrhea, a fecal parasite test is recommended along with a physical examination with the veterinarian.
Are worms dangerous to humans?
The eggs of intestinal parasites are shed in the feces. Round worm, giardia and toxoplasmosis are all transmissible to humans through various routes into the body. Small children are more susceptible to infection.
If your cat is diagnosed with a parasite infection, we will explain the necessary cleaning to prevent contamination of your home environment. Be sure to thoroughly clean up any areas where fecal material is found and keep small children away from these areas.
For any concerns about human parasitic infections, please contact your local public health department and/or family doctor for advice.
Are there any side effects from deworming medication?
Veterinary prescribed deworming medications are very safe, and side-effects are extremely rare. We do not recommend the use of over-the-counter deworming products from pet supply stores.
Tick Prevention Recommended
Tick prevention remains a priority for our pets this spring: As the temperatures rise above 4 degrees, ticks become active and quest for food. Toronto Parks, woodland trails, grassy regions, and leaf piles all have the potential to contain ticks just waiting to hitch a ride on pets and humans. As we are already seeing pets with ticks this spring, our veterinarians feel that it is important to maintain vigilance by using tick protection on our pets.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 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, 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 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 still OPEN with the following hours: MONDAY: 8:30 am - 8:00 pm TUESDAY - FRIDAY: 8:30 am - 7:00 pm SATURDAY: 8:30 am - 2:00 pm
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!