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.
While the possibility of having worms is definitely greater for outdoor cats, your indoor cat is also at risk. Fleas and worm eggs can enter the home on our shoes, clothing, other pets, potting soil or house flies.
Roundworms and tapeworms are the most common intestinal parasite found in cats. Roundworms can make their way to your cat via their mother’s milk, or ingestion from contaminated soil and rodents. Tapeworms can appear after a cat has ingested contaminated fleas or rodents.
If my cat has worms, what symptoms should I look for?
Diarrhea, vomiting, weight loss and abdominal bloating can be signs that your cat has some wiggly worms tagging along. Worm segments can sometimes be seen in your cat’s stool, or near their hind end.
Are worms dangerous to humans?
Human contact with soil, or feces contaminated by roundworm, can pose a risk of infection. Keep your family away from soil that is frequently used by cats, and wear gloves when cleaning the litter box. Roundworms can cause eye, lung, heart and neurologic issues in people.
What is the deworming schedule?
For kittens, we recommend deworming every 2 weeks, until 3 months of age. We suggest that outdoor kitties continue with monthly treatments and indoor kitties should be dewormed every 2-4 months.
Are there any side effects from deworming medication?
Side effects are rare but can include vomiting, diarrhea and loss of appetite. Parasites may also become visible in the cat’s stool.
Many people don’t realize that onions and garlic are toxic to pets. It is so sparsely known that garlic powder is actually a dangerously common ingredient in some homemade dog treat recipes found online. They are also very common ingredients in many different dishes that we humans love to make, so we need to be extra careful to not allow our pets to ingest anything containing these ingredients. No more licking the plate for Fido and Fluffy!
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective June 5, 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
As of Monday July 6 we will allow one owner to accompany their pet into the building for medical appointments. Clients must wear a mask if they want to accompany their pet inside. If you do not have one then one can be provided to you. Doors will remain locked. Please call when you arrive for your appointment to be admitted to the building. If you prefer, curbside service will continue to be offered for medical appointments.
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. OPERATING HOURS
We remain a 24-hour hospital, open 7 days a week
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at 4 Paws 24 Hour Veterinary Hospital