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.
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.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 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. 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:
Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Acadia Drive Animal Clinic