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.
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.
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 Friday, March 19, 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 250.334.8400. We will take a history of your pet from outside your car, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. Once the examination is finished, the Doctor will either call you or come out to talk to you to discuss the treatment etc for your pet. For those who do not have a mobile phone, an easy knock at the door will work the same way!
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 OPEN and temporarily operating as a 24-hour hospital.
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 for the Online Store, visit our website.
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 Van Isle Veterinary Hospital