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.
There are a variety of different parasites that your pet can be hosting. Some pets that are positive for parasites and show no symptoms should still be treated, as they can infect other animals or humans and contaminate their environment.
Common intestinal parasites include roundworm, hookworm, and tapeworm. Cats can become infected with intestinal parasites from hunting prey, or even from grooming microscopic parasite eggs off their paws.
If my cat has worms, what symptoms should I look for?
Symptoms of intestinal parasites may include but are not limited to vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, and visible worms in the stool. Many animals with intestinal parasites show no symptoms at all.
Are worms dangerous to humans?
Some common intestinal parasites such as roundworm are zoonotic, which means they can be transferred from animals to people. Young children and persons with compromised immune systems are especially at risk. Many pets may not show any clinical signs of intestinal parasites, so all animals should be routinely screened, even if they are at low risk.
Who should be dewormed?
All cats should have fecal testing and/or deworming at least annually and more often if they go outdoors. Indoor pets are less likely to become infected with intestinal parasites. However, mice, crickets, fleas, cockroaches and other insects can harbour eggs and transmit them when they are eaten. If an indoor animal shares the home with an animal that goes outside there can be a transfer of parasites between pets. If you are concerned your cat may have parasites or have any questions, please call the clinic and we will be happy to advise you based on your pet’s specific needs.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 2020 the 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
Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
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. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Barriefield Animal Hospital