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.

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Cat Deworming

Deworming is an important part of your cat’s preventative health care plan. Basically, we want to kill those creepy internal parasites before they cause disease. Like any parasite, they can also reinfect themselves with repeated exposure to the worm (or appropriate infective life stage) so regular deworming or fecal screens may be a routine part of your cat’s care.

What are some types of parasites found in cats?


Cats can have parasites such as tapeworms, roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, lungworms, Toxoplasma, fleas, ticks, mites, etc. Before you wrap your cat in shrink-wrap, please remember parasites are contracted based on lifestyle and there are many treatment options available.


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


The most common sign you will see is nothing. An intestinal worm has evolved to be the perfect freeloader – it is not in their best interest to make a pet sick. You see illness when there are large numbers of worms or they may have migrated to an inappropriate organ. A fecal exam and deworming program are invaluable in preventing symptoms from developing.


Are worms dangerous to humans?


Danger is a tricky word that is based on an individual’s perspective. There are species of hookworm and roundworm that can infect people and cause serious health problems. The odds of you contracting these infestations are based on whether your cat is infected, your immune system health and general hygiene. Our goal is to gather information about your household and your cat to determine the level of risk then take steps to reduce any danger.


What is the deworming schedule?


A deworming schedule is like any of the programs we develop for your pet. It is a plan for deworming that is based on your cat’s lifestyle and deworming history. The deworming schedule is considered at your cat’s annual exam.


Are there any side effects from deworming medication?


A dewormer is a medication so there is the possibility of an adverse effect. The majority of reports we receive are related more to the passing of dead worms – disturbing and satisfying.

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Last updated: May 29, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 15, 2020 some 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. 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. NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

5. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

- Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 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 Southampton Pet Hospital