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 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.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective Monday, July 13, 2020 we have made 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 780.458.3833. We will take a history of your pet from outside of your car, if you choose to, we will then allow 1 family member with a mask per appointment in the clinic. Once inside you will be directed to an exam room. We have put special measures in place to keep you, your pets and our staff safe.
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: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm - Saturday: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm - 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 Mission Ridge Animal Hospital