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. Open 7 days a week
Intestinal parasites are a common problem in cats. Worms can be contracted by your cat at various stages of their lives, starting in utero from the dam, then through the environment via fecal contamination or hunting. Intestinal worms can have significant effects on your pet’s health, but can also be transmitted to humans. Humans are infected 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. A deworming schedule can be discussed with your veterinarian and will depend on multiple factors such as your pets access to the outdoors and prey, 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.
Worm infestation symptoms in cats?
If you suspect your cat has worms, we recommend having a fecal analysis run on your cat’s stool sample. Common symptoms of an infestation include diarrhea, vomiting, weight loss, bloated or enlarged stomachs and the presence of little, white, rice-like segments on or around the anus and tail. Little, white, rice-like segments seen in their feces as well as attached to and around the base of their tail. Kittens will usually have a bloated, enlarged stomach often accompanied by diarrhea and some cats may vomit from worm infestations.
Do worms affect humans?
Yes, some worms can affect humans; especially young children and immunocompromised adults. It is important to educate your family on the importance of handwashing, especially after working outdoors in the garden or after visiting playgrounds. You can control your own pet’s parasites through prevention, but you cannot control parasites found in the environment from unknown critters or other untreated pets.
What’s my cat’s ideal deworming schedule?
Your cat’s deworming schedule can vary depending on your cat’s lifestyle and age. Young kittens often require frequent deworming until they reach 6-7 months of age, while an adult cat may only require deworming 2-4 times per year. Outdoor cats who have been exposed to fleas or are skilled hunters should be dewormed at least 4 times per year while indoor cats with less exposure to other animals or fleas require less frequent deworming. Travelling cats may also require additional deworming.
Any deworming medication side effects?
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.
Van Isle Veterinary Hospital is super excited to be hosting our 4th annual cupcake day fundraiser! BCSPCA celebrates “Treat Week” across the Province from Feb 24th – March 1st 2020 where business, pet owners and animal lovers can bake up a storm and sell treats with the proceeds going to BC animals in need.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 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!
As you can imagine, we have a significant backlog of surgeries and wellness/vaccine exams to catch up on and we will be working hard over the next several weeks to do just that. We want to thank everyone in advance for your patience while we work through this. Although restrictions have been lifted, our health and safety protocols have not. It is important we continue to follow the guidelines set out by Worksafe BC and social distance our large team as much as possible. This means although we can offer these elective services, we are doing much fewer during the day then we were pre-COVID.
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. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE
If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
4. OPERATING HOURS
During the first 8 weeks of COVID, we were operating as a 24-hour facility to better serve our community and to maintain social distancing within our team. However, as the COVID-19 situation changes, so do we!
Our team of doctors felt it was important to get back to performing your pet’s much needed regular services. In order to do so safely, we had to once again change the way we do business.
We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday - Friday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm Saturday & Sunday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
We are continuing to expand our hours to better serve our clients and social distance our team with 1 vet and 1 tech here until 11:00 pm, 7 days a week.
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Van Isle Veterinary Hospital