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.
Cats can have several types of internal parasites (worms). Roundworms are often found in kittens or cats who frequently hunt. Tapeworms are carried and transmitted by mice and fleas. Hookworms and whipworms can also be found in cats.
What are worm infestation symptoms in cats?
Worms can be seen visually in cat’s stool, on their bedding or in their vomit. We also find cats that have internal parasite have bloated abdomens or scoot on the ground. When cats or kittens have many worms in their stomach and intestines it can cause a blockage (similar to a cat eating a toy).
Do worms affect humans?
Absolutely! Certain worms can be transmitted from your pets, it can be passed by improper handling of stool (in litter boxes or outside in gardens or sandboxes), food bowls or toys. Young children, elderly and immunocompromised (cancer patients or people with immune disorders) are at high risk for contracting internal parasites from pets.
What is the deworming schedule?
Deworming schedules are often recommend depending on the lifestyle of your cat. Outdoor and hunting cats require more frequent deworming than indoor cats. It is still important to deworm indoor cats as they can still pick up parasites from outdoor pets or insects indoors.
Are there any deworming medication side effects?
There are very minimal side effects to deworming medications. The most common side effect is vomiting, which can be caused by any oral medication. If your pet has a high burden of worms, they may have parasites in the vomit.
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 Tuesday, March 24, 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 506.466.2543. 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 - 4:00 pm. Hours are subject to change.
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. We encourage payments to be done over the phone with a credit card or e-Transfer.
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.
- Your dedicated team at Mayfield Veterinary Clinic