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.
Regular deworming can be a vital part of your cat’s health. Depending on the type of worm, they each come with their own health risks to your cat. We recommend discussing the best deworming schedule with your veterinarian at your appointment.
Some of the common intestinal parasites include roundworm, hookworm, and tapeworm. Outdoor cats are most prone to these, as they can be contracted through hunting and eating infected feces. Indoor only cats are still at risk, as these parasites can be brought into the home and your cat can contract them from grooming themselves.
If my cat has worms, what symptoms should I look for?
You may or may not notice worms in your cat’s stools. One common worm will look like spaghetti noodles, whereas another will look like rice segments around your cat’s rectum. Most cats may not show any symptoms, which is why we recommend testing their stools on a yearly basis, in combination with a dewormer during the warmer months when they are most at risk.
Are worms dangerous to humans?
Some common worms can be transmitted to humans. They are often referred to as “zoonotic”. It is imperative that you wash your hands after cleaning your cat’s litter box. Children and those that are immunocompromised are most at risk.
What is the deworming schedule?
The deworming schedule will be different for every cat depending on their lifestyle. At your cat’s annual physical examination, this schedule can be determined with the veterinarian.
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 Monday, March 23, 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 613.443.5459. 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.
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: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
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 hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone.
5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
6. Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
7. 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 Embrun Veterinary Hospital