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.
Intestinal parasites are a common problem in cats, especially if they are frequent hunters. Worms can be contracted by your cat at various stages of their lives, starting in utero from the mother, then through the environment via fecal contamination or hunting. Intestinal worms can have significant effects on your pet’s health. A deworming schedule can be discussed with your veterinarian and will depend on multiple factors such as your pets access to the outdoors, as well as the presence of children or immune compromised individuals in the household.
Internal parasites that may affect your cat include roundworms, tapeworms, toxoplasmosis, lungworms, giardia and coccidia.
If my cat has worms, what symptoms should I look for?
Common symptoms of an intestinal infestation can include diarrhea, vomiting, weight loss, bloating or an enlarged stomach. There may be the presence of little, white, rice-like segments on or around the anus and tail. These would indicate your kitty has a tapeworm. It is also possible for your kitty to see worms in your felines vomitus or feces. Most commonly, these are roundworms and are long and skinny, like spaghetti. Young kittens will usually have a bloated, enlarged stomach often accompanied by diarrhea.
Are worms dangerous to humans?
Humans can be infected by your cat’s internal parasites by accidental ingestion of eggs that have been passed into the environment through their pet’s feces. For this reason, hand washing after handling your pet or their feces is an important barrier to infection. Deworming your pet on a schedule appropriate to its lifestyle will minimize the risk to yourself and your cat.
What is the deworming schedule?
A deworming schedule is dependent on your kitty’s lifestyle. Your veterinarian can determine what type of dewormer your cat needs and how often they will need it. If your cat is an active hunter, they can re-infect themselves with intestinal parasites every 3 months. In those cases, they should be dewormed with a medication that has a tapeworm component to it and should be given 4 times per year. Yearly check-ups are required for us to be able to dispense any deworming medications.
Are there any side effects from deworming medication?
Although rare, some cats may have a mild reaction to a deworming medication such as vomiting or diarrhea. It is sometimes recommended to give oral deworming medications with food to avoid gastric upset.
Kennel cough is a highly contagious upper respiratory infection, that can be caused by a variety of different viruses and bacteria. The kennel cough vaccine available is able to protect against one of the most common sources of kennel cough, but just like with our human influenza vaccine, it cannot cover every strain.
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 250.374.1485. 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 Saturday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. With recent operation changes, we have decided to close for lunch daily between 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm. This closure ensures our staff gets a much-needed break and a chance to reorganize orders and catch up. Thank you for your understanding!
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. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the Online Store, visit our website.
5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
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 Kamloops Veterinary Clinic