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How Do I Know If My Pet Has Internal Parasites?

 

Your pet can pick up an internal parasite (roundworms, tapeworms, etc.) from multiple different sources including ingesting parasite eggs in contaminated water, food, feces, soil or another infested animal such as birds, mice and fleas.

Typically the first time a puppy or kitten is introduced to parasites is through their mother. There are two ways this can happen. One way is dormant larvae in the mother become active during pregnancy and crosses into the placenta and infects the unborn animals. The second way is they travel to the mammary tissue and infect the newborns through nursing. The most common symptom of puppies and kittens having parasites is the ‘potbellied’ appearance that people think is cute. This is actually an infestation of parasites. That’s why we recommend deworming your puppy or kitten every couple weeks for the first few months of their life to make sure no internal parasites are lingering.

Other symptoms that your pet might have internal parasites include vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, a decrease in appetite, dull hair coat, butt-scooting and lethargy. Some pets will have parasites in their vomit or stool that you will notice. Tapeworms look like white rice whereas Roundworms look like a piece of spaghetti. You won’t always see the parasites in the stool or vomit if they are infected.

Prevention is the best medicine. Please contact Lomsnes Veterinary Hospital to discuss the best parasite protection for your pet.

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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