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.

902.422.8595
A cat behind held by a vet.

Cat Deworming

Most cats are exposed to parasites at some point in their life. If they are infected and left untreated, this can be detrimental to their health and quality of life. Not to mention you can catch some of them too!

What are some types of parasites found in cats?


Internal parasites – Tapeworm, roundworm, lungworm, hookworm, and heartworm.
External parasites – Fleas, ticks, and mites.

If my cat has worms, what symptoms should I look for?


Bloated abdomen, diarrhea, vomiting, weight loss, anemia, tapeworm segments and more. Some animals do not have any symptoms at all!

Are worms dangerous to humans?


Yes, some endoparasites can be transferred from animal to human.

What is the deworming schedule?


Deworming is usually done monthly in dogs and cats. If the animal is at a lower risk (i.e. is an indoor animal), they are often only dewormed once every three months.

Are there any side effects of deworming medication?


Specific side effects may vary depending on the type of medication prescribed. However, the most common side effects your cat may experience as a result of taking deworming medication would be gastrointestinal signs such as vomiting and/or diarrhea. Hypersalivation (AKA drooling) is also a possible side effect, although not as common. It is not uncommon to visually see the presence of parasites in your pet’s feces or vomit shortly after taking antiparasitics. It is a sign that the medication is doing its job and ridding your cat of intestinal parasites.

Blog

Does your feline have extra toes? The history behind Polydactyl Cats

Most cats have 18 toes; five toes on each of their front feet, and four on the back.  My cat, Mandy Pawtinkin, is blessed with 22 toes.  She has a congenital physical anomaly called polydactyly (Greek for ‘many digits’).  It is a genetic mutation that causes cats to be born with more than the usual number of toes on one or more of its paws.

Read More
See All Articles

Last updated: June 26, 2020

Dear Clients,

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

3. OPERATING HOURS

Beginning June 8, we will be resuming our normal business hours:

Monday - Friday: 7:30 am – 8:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Sunday: Closed

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

- Your dedicated team at Halifax Veterinary Hospital