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

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.

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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.

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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 902.422.8595. We will take a history of your pet over the phone, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. Once the examination is finished, we will call to discuss our recommended treatment plan over the phone and then return to your vehicle with your pet. Please ensure your pet has a properly fitted collar or is in a secure carrier. Please remove any additional clothing or blankets prior to our staff handling our patients to minimize risk to our team.

2. We are still OPEN but are now working in two shifts with reduced hours, reduced staff numbers and a need to close for extensive cleaning between shifts.
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday, Thursday: 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm.

3. 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.

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. You may see our team members wearing additional protective gear when interacting with our clients and patients.

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 Halifax Veterinary Hospital