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Cat Deworming

Let’s face it, worms are disgusting! When it comes to keeping your cat parasite free, prevention is the best medicine. Keeping your cat parasite free is important for their overall health and yours too. Some intestinal worms can be spread to humans and although we like to cuddle with our cats, we do not want to cuddle with worms. Your cat’s lifestyle will determine how often dewormer is given and what type of dewormer is best for your cat. Please contact Lomsnes Veterinary Hospital for a dewormer. Over the counter, products are not considered safe for cats and have been known to cause seizures and liver failure.

What are some internal cat parasites?

The most common internal cat parasites include roundworms, hookworms, and tapeworms. If your cat has internal parasites you may notice them in their stool or their vomit. Contact Lomsnes Veterinary Hospital if you have any questions regarding internal parasites for your cat.

What are worm infestation symptoms in cats?

Our goal is to keep your cat dewormed regularly before they have a worm infestation. Symptoms of a worm infestation may include a decreased energy level, weight loss, bloating, diarrhea, passing worms in their stool, or vomiting up the worms. Often there may be no symptoms to tell you that your cat has worms- just because you can’t see them doesn’t mean they don’t exist! If you have questions about deworming your cat contact Lomsnes Veterinary Hospital.

Do worms affect humans?

Yes, this is why prevention is the best medicine and deworming your cats regularly is very important! To prevent yourself from getting worms always wash your hands and keep the litter box clean.

What is the deworming schedule?

Your cat’s deworming schedule depends on their lifestyle. Kittens are dewormed every two weeks between 8 and 16 weeks of age and adult cats are dewormed monthly to annually depending on their lifestyle. Dewormer is something that is discussed at your cat’s yearly wellness exam and a deworming schedule will be decided based on your cat’s individual lifestyle.

Are there any deworming medication side effects?

Dewormers prescribed by one of our veterinarians are very safe and there are minimal to no side effects. We recommend oral dewormer be given with food so that it is less likely that your cat will experience an upset stomach from the medication. Topical dewormers should be applied directly onto the skin in an area where it cannot be licked off, usually between the shoulder blades. If you give your cat a dewormer and they vomit, have diarrhea, or a skin reaction, please contact Lomsnes Veterinary Hospital.

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Updated October 20, 2020

Dear Clients,

With the cold weather approaching, effective Monday, October 26th, we will be adjusting our policies to better serve you.

1. WE CAN SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

To book an appointment, please call 403-342-6040 or email info@lomsnesvet.ca. Due to higher than normal call volume, we may be busy with other clients and patients. Please leave us a message or send us an email and we will get back to you as soon as possible. We appreciate your patience as we do our best to accommodate everyone's needs.

2. SAFETY MEASURES FOR APPOINTMENTS

3. PAYMENT METHODS

Credit/Debit cards are the preferred payment method.

4. CHANGES TO CURBSIDE PICKUP

With the cold weather approaching we will be changing our curbside pickup protocol:

  1. For the purchase of food, treats and/or medications please call at least an hour ahead of time, and your order will be prepared. Prepaying over the phone is recommended.
  2. Our main door will be open for purchase/pickup of food, treats and medications only.
  3. You will be required to wear a mask and use our hand sanitizer in the clinic.
  4. If you have not already prepaid, you will pay for your order at the reception desk. Please maintain social distancing while in the clinic and do not wander throughout the clinic.
  5. Your order will be ready on a table with your name on it. Once you have paid for your order at the reception desk, you can pick it up from the table on your way out.

*Please note, only one person per family is allowed in the building to pick up items. To maintain appropriate distance, a maximum of 2 clients will be allowed in the building at a time to purchase items.

5. CHANGES TO OUR SATURDAY POLICY

We understand how important Saturday hospital hours are for our clients. Lomsnes Veterinary Hospital appreciates the dedication of our clients during this difficult time and we will continue to be open and available on Saturdays. However, due to the limited staff and the extra time required for proper sanitization between patients, we are not allowing clients to be present with their pet for the examination. This will allow us to continue to provide the high standard of care to our patients. Thank you for understanding.

6. ONLINE ORDERING 

Online shopping is available for your pet from the comfort of your own home 24/7. Your order will be delivered directly to your home! Visit our website and click on "Online Store" to register. It’s that easy!

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. OPERATION HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sunday: CLOSED

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members!

Your dedicated team at Lomsnes Veterinary Hospital