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.
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.
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 Friday, April 3, 2020:
1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 416-537-3128. 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, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.
3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm Saturday: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
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.
6. Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
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.