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.

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Cat Deworming

Intestinal parasites can cause serious health concerns for both your family and your cat. Both indoor and outdoor cats can benefit from routine deworming typically every 3 months. Even if your cat never goes outside it can become infected with intestinal parasites from a variety of places. If you have another pet that does go out, they may bring parasites into your house. You can also bring worm eggs into your home on your clothing or shoes. If your indoor cat catches a mouse or eats a flea that happened to make its way indoors, these are all carriers of intestinal parasites that your cat may be susceptible to.

What are some internal cat parasites?

Some of the more common intestinal parasites are tapeworms, roundworms, and hookworms, but there are still others that may affect your cat or kitten. Working out a routine deworming schedule with one of our veterinarians is very important as is annual stool (poop) checks.

What are worm infestation symptoms in cats?

Cats or kittens that are suffering from intestinal parasites may be experiencing some diarrhea, have a “pot belly” appearance, be losing weight despite their voracious appetite, have no energy etc., or they may have no signs or symptoms at all. This is why it is important to send out annual stool samples to the lab for analysis. While most intestinal parasites are microscopic, there are 2 types of intestinal parasites that you can see with the naked eye. These are tapeworms (which look like little pieces of rice around the bum area) and roundworms (which resemble spaghetti). You may also see these intestinal parasites in your cat or kittens stool after they poop.

Do worms affect humans?

There definitely are some intestinal parasites that affect humans. For more information on this topic, please feel free to discuss this further with the veterinarian when you are here with your cat for their preventive care exam.

What is the deworming schedule?

There are many types of dewormers on the market as there are also many types of intestinal parasites. Unfortunately, there is not one single dewormer that is effective for all types of intestinal parasites, so each pet must be treated individually dependent on their presenting complaint, past history and results of their stool (poop) sample analysis from the lab.

Any deworming medication side effects?

Typically, all deworming medications are very well tolerated and will cause no side effects to your precious four-legged animal companion.

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

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 905.853.4706. 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: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm & Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 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.

You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up, visit our website.

Note: Due to the continued health precautions recommended by Health Canada, we have elected to discontinue 'in clinic' pick-ups for items ordered via our Webstore including both medications and food with immediate effect. The delivery option is extremely flexible and they will deliver to your place of work, home, cottage or wherever you choose.

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.

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 College Manor Veterinary Hospital