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.

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Cat Deworming

Regular deworming is an important part of your cat’s preventative health care program, especially if they go outside and hunt or if you have children in your family.

What are some types of parasites found in cats?

The most common parasites we see are hookworms, roundworms, tapeworms and giardia. Other parasites, like toxoplasmosis, are potential causes of infection but aren’t seen as frequently. Skin parasites like fleas, tick and some mites are also common.

If my cat has worms, what symptoms should I look for?

Often you won’t see any symptoms at all. For many of the kinds of worms, you likely won’t even see worms in the feces. The exception is tapeworms as the eggs are passed in segments of the worm’s tail that fall of its body and excreted in the feces. These can look like rice or sesame seeds and may be found on top of your cat’s stool or dried up on the fur around the bum area.

Are worms dangerous to humans?

Some worms are contagious to people. Children and immunocompromised individuals are at the greatest risk. General hygiene, hand washing, scooping up your cat’s feces after it goes the washroom, and covering sandboxes, goes a long way to ensuring worms won’t be passed to you from your cat. Most of the intestinal parasites are passed through a fecal to oral transmission, however, some larva can migrate through the skin with bare feet. You have probably heard that pregnant women should not be exposed to cat feces because if they get infected with toxoplasmosis while pregnant, it can have negative effects on the developing baby.

What is the deworming schedule?

The Companion Animal Parasite Council has made recommendations on deworming that we follow here at the Aylmer Veterinary Clinic. Kittens are dewormed every two weeks until they are three months old and then once a month for at least the first year. Cats that continue to go outdoors, especially if they hunt, could be dewormed monthly all of the time. Some people choose to do quarterly deworming every three months.

Are there any side effects from deworming medication?

Side effects are rare. The most common would be the same as any medication, perhaps some gastrointestinal irritation. Oral tablets and topical medications are available for deworming. Occasionally we can see hair loss at the location of the topical application.

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In April of 2018, I lost my best friend, Becky. She was my 13-year-old beagle I had loved since I was 8 years old. She was my whole world, and when she passed away, my heart was empty for a long time. I never thought I’d have another dog again.

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Last updated: September 14, 2020

Dear Clients,

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

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 - please note that evening appointments are only available for vaccination clinics:

Monday: 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Tuesday to Thursday: 8:00am - 8:00pm
Friday: 8:00am - 5:30pm
Saturday: 8:30 am - 1:30 pm
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 Aylmer Veterinary Clinic