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Deworming

Parasite control is an important component of your pet’s health. The purpose of a dewormer, an antiparasitic drug, is to rid your pet of parasites living in their intestinal tract. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information on the treatment.

Cat Deworming

Given their behaviour, our feline friends are at risk of being infected by intestinal parasites. Outdoor cats require more frequent deworming than indoor felines. We recommend starting the deworming series during their first kitten examination.

What are some types of parasites found in cats?

Cats can be infected by both internal and external parasites. For example, it’s not uncommon to see a cat with ear mites or flea droppings during an examination. Internal parasites are more difficult to spot and often go unnoticed. These can be detected during a fecal exam performed at the clinic.

What symptoms should I look for to see if my cat has worms?

Intestinal worms can go unnoticed, but they can also cause diarrhea and blood in the stool.

Are worms dangerous to humans?

As a rule, intestinal worms are not dangerous to humans. However, toxoplasmosis and echinococcosis are the exception to this rule and remind us of the importance of frequent hand washing and ensuring that your pets have been properly dewormed.

What is the deworming schedule?

The frequency of deworming depends on your pet’s age and lifestyle. Usually we deworm puppies and kittens every 2 weeks until they are 12 weeks of age, and then once a month until they are 6 months old. Adults require less frequent deworming because of their stronger immune system, but older pets may require more frequent deworming. Our veterinary team will be happy to talk to you about this during a consultation!

Last updated: May 30, 2021

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 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, 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 outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
  • 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. OPERATING HOURS We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 8 am - 8 pm
    Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm
    Sunday: Closed

    5. 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.

    Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

    - The team at Hull Veterinary Hospital