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 become infected with parasites in a variety of ways from hunting mice and birds to eating grass and bugs. Depending on your cat’s lifestyle, deworming to rid them of these parasites may be an important regular treatment.
Cats can be infected with many internal parasites such as roundworms, hookworms, tapeworms. They can also be infected by parasitic microscopic organisms such as giardia and coccidia.
What are worm infestation symptoms in cats?
Cats with a large infestation can have diarrhea, a pot belly and have trouble gaining weight. Sometimes, they can be infected and have no symptoms at all.
Do worms affect humans?
Roundworms can infect humans. Children, seniors and people that have compromised immune systems are particularly susceptible to infection.
What is the deworming schedule?
Every time you give a deworming treatment, you get rid of any worms in the body at that point. A deworming schedule or frequency of giving the treatment depends on the cat’s risk and exposure to parasites. Outdoor cats and kittens will be dewormed more frequently than indoor cats.
Does any deworming medication have side effects?
Most deworming medication is tolerated very well and we rarely see any side effects. It is possible to see diarrhea or soft stool for a few days.
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 Wednesday, March 18, 2020:
1. We are currently operating a "closed-door" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 780-458-3833. 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. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan.
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 Saturdays 9:00 - 2:00 pm and closed on Sundays.
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 and take payment from your vehicle. We do have our online store available, which can be accessed from our website by clicking the Online Store button.
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 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 Mission Ridge Animal Hospital