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.
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.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 4, 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. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Saturday & 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 Mayfield Veterinary Clinic