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.
Intestinal worms are very common in kittens and adult cats. Most kittens are born with worms and will need to be dewormed regularly throughout kittenhood. We recommend every kitten be checked by a vet to see if it has worms and for a general health exam. Some worms can also infect people, so regular deworming is vital for feline and human health.
Roundworms are the most common source of worms in kittens and tapeworms are the most common source of worms in adult cats. Roundworms get into the kittens through their mother’s milk and into mother cat usually by way of contaminated soil. A kitten with roundworms will present with a pot-bellied appearance. Roundworms themselves look like spaghetti noodles and can be present in stool or vomit. They are easily treated with oral medication. Tapeworms in adult cats are usually the result of the cat ingesting a flea (with tapeworm inside it) during a self-grooming session. Outdoor cats can also get tapeworms by eating prey such as raw meat and raw fish. Tapeworms are about 1cm long and look like grains of rice.
If my cat has worms, what symptoms should I look for?
Vomiting or diarrhea with worms in it. Lethargy, weight loss and a pot-bellied appearance in kittens. Live tapeworms are visual around your cat’s anus area.
Are worms dangerous to humans?
Feline roundworms can cause disease in humans. Eggs from this parasite are excreted in cat feces. After two weeks in the open, they can become infectious to humans. If accidentally ingested the worms can migrate to organs such as the liver, lungs, brain or eyes. The disease in humans is known as “visceral larva migrans” or if in the eye, “ocular larva migrans.” If the worms migrate to the eye, permanent vision loss can occur, while a cough or asthma-like signs indicate they’re in the lungs. Children are at a higher risk of infection.
What is the deworming schedule?
Kittens we deworm regularly throughout their kittenhood and then depending on your cat’s lifestyle after that. If your cat is an outdoor cat, regular monthly deworming, especially if he/she hunts. Indoor cats can be routinely dewormed annually or less than that if their risk is low.
Are there any side effects from deworming medication?
The most common side effects of deworming medications are vomiting, loss of appetite, diarrhea and increased salivation.
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 Monday, March 23, 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 403-278-3168. We will bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. The veterinarian will then call you to discuss our recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a technician will return your pet to your car and take care of any needed medications and payment.
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 - 5:00 pm.
4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 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 clinic. Our staff will bring your order to your car.
5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
6. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this disease.
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.
- Your dedicated team at Acadia Drive Animal Clinic