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

Internal parasites can negatively affect your cat’s health. They are easy to diagnose and treat with the proper diagnostic tests. Preventative deworming is recommended for all cats on a yearly basis.

What are some types of parasites found in cats?

Many different types of parasites can be found in cats, but some of the more common ones are tapeworm, roundworm and hookworm.

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

Symptoms of internal parasites in cats can include unthrifty coat, weight loss, loose bowel movements and parasites in feces.

Are worms dangerous to humans?

Some internal parasite, such as roundworm can be transmitted to humans. Generally, young children or elderly people are more susceptible. Always take caution when handling feces or cleaning litter. Precautions can include wearing gloves or mask and always washing your hands after any contact with feces.

What is the deworming schedule?

Deworming for kittens or cats with active parasite infections may include multiple doses of dewormer several weeks apart. For indoor cats, a yearly dose of dewormer is recommended. If your cat travels outside for any period of time or is known to hunt small animals like mice or birds, deworming is recommended up to 4 times a year (every 3 months).

Are there any side effects from deworming medication?

Generally, no side effects are observed after deworming is administered. However, gastrointestinal upset may occur. If vomiting or diarrhea are observed, please contact our medical staff for further instruction.

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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 Wednesday, March 18, 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 519.360.4508. 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 8:30 am - 5:30 pm & Saturday from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (Merritt Location Only) and Sunday 10:00 am - 2:00 pm (Merritt Location Only). The Dresden location also remains open. Effective Wednesday, March 25, the Sydenham River location will be temporarily closed until further notice. Merritt and Dresden remain open for your pet care, food, and medication pick up needs.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 5-7 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 still accepting cash as payment. However, credit cards and debit card payments are preferred if possible.

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.

7. 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 D.M.S Group Veterinary Team