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.
The most common intestinal parasites in cats are roundworms, hookworms, tapeworms, giardia and whipworms, just to name a few. These parasites will live in the digestive and intestinal tract of your cat and will thrive on taking vital nutrients from them, often making them have a “sickly” appearance.
Worm infestation symptoms in cats?
It is quite common for young cats to have a parasitic infestation. It is often transferred to them by their mothers in the womb, or shortly after being born, during nursing. Other common ways for adult cats to pick up an intestinal parasite is through ingestion, sniffing or general contact with infected soil or feces, passed by other animals outdoors and in their environment. This is why cleaning up after our pets is so important for ending the cycle of parasitic infections.
Cats who have an intestinal parasite will often have diarrhea or loose stools that may or may not contain blood or mucus. With heavy infections, you may even be able to see the worms present in the stools.
Since these intestinal parasites take vital nutrients from your cat to survive, it can leave your cat to have an “unhealthy” appearance. They will often have a dull coat, pot-bellied appearance, or even appear to be anemic or pale. They may also experience inappetence, vomiting or coughing. Regular deworming and prevention will help to protect your kittens and cats from these unwanted critters. Contact the clinic if you have any other questions regarding internal parasites, or if you think your cat may have one.
Do worms affect humans?
There are some intestinal parasites that can be transmitted to humans. They are transmitted through ingestion of the eggs. Basic hygiene will help prevent transmission (i.e washing hands after handling feces). If you are at all worried about these parasites, please discuss this with one of our veterinarians.
What is a good schedule for my cat?
A deworming schedule depends heavily on your cat’s lifestyle. A discussion with one of our veterinarians will help choose the right plan and medication for your cat.
Do deworming medications have side-effects?
There are few common side effects associated with deworming. If you feel that your cat is experiencing a side effect, please contact us for further assistance.
Bad breath (halitosis) in a dog or cat is usually because of poor dental health. Occasionally a dog or cat may have good teeth and still have bad breath in which case the diet is usually the cause. This is relatively rare, however, compared to the likelihood of a dental issue.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 2020 some 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 in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 416-282-6621 (appointments ONLY at this number). We will take a history of your pet from outside of your car, and 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 using social distancing methods. We will be taking payments over the phone, we are no longer taking cash at this time.
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 OPEN with the following hours:
- Monday to Thursday: 9:00 am – 7:30 pm - Friday: 9:00 am – 7:30 pm - Saturday: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm - Sunday: CLOSED
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!