As part of our due diligence, we have decided to temporarily close until further notice. During this time, Online Consultations are now available! Bilingual service is also offered. If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

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Cat Deworming

Parasite control is an important part of good health care for your cat and yourself. A clean cat is a public health necessity.

What are some internal cat parasites?


There are several types of internal parasites that cause problems in cats. These include nematodes or roundworms, Toxocara cats, toxascaris leonine (intestinal roundworm) and Dirofilaria immitis (heartworm). Cestodes or tapeworms of which dipylidium caninum, Taenia species and Echinococcus species are also some important examples. A colostomy species (hookworms) are also common internal parasites in many parts of Canada and the United States.

What are worm infestation symptoms in cats?


In kittens, a severe worm infestation can stunt growth, cause serious digestive upsets and result in excessive gas formation. Hookworms infection is serious and as a result of blood-sucking can cause severe anemia. The infective larvae can enter the host either by mouth or through the skin, particularly the feet. Tapeworms are acquired from eating an intermediate host, such as a flea or mice. These can cause digestive issues and if severe digestive blockage.

Do worms affect humans?


Certainly some worms can transmit to humans. Roundworms can be transmitted along some other intestinal parasites such as coccidiosis. Routine hand cleaning and regular (daily) cleaning of the litter boxes dramatically reduces the risk for humans.

What is the deworming schedule?


The Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) have the following recommendations for cats: have fecal exams done 2-4 times during the first year of life and then, 1-2 times a year adults. Administer deworming to puppies and kittens bi-weekly, from 2-8 weeks of age, then monthly until six months. As adults, twice yearly deworming is recommended unless exposure risks dictate more frequent deworming.

Any deworming medication side effects?


Although routinely used in dogs and cats, anthelmintic medications are not without possible adverse effects. These are very mild and can be hair loss at the site of application or vomiting and some diarrhea. In extreme overdose of the products, more serious effects can be seen. Usually just stopping the medication will suffice, but if you are not sure, then the best thing you can do is call your veterinarian.

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Update: March 31, 2020

Although our location is still temporary closed, we are happy to announce that Online consultations are now available! Bilingual service is offered. If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.


COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking effective March 27, 2020

To our valued Acadia Veterinary Hospital clients:

We are all aware of the concerns and rapidly changing situation with COVID-19. Due to the close public contact that our work requires, we have taken necessary measures to protect our clients and our staff, and work hard to ensure we can continue to provide excellent care for our patients. As part of our due diligence, we have decided to temporarily close until further notice.

We understand this is a difficult time for not just our community, but the world around us. We have been in contact with local hospitals to ensure your pets can continue to receive the care they need.

For non-urgent cases, please call 506.857.4271 or visit Moncton Animal Hospital located at 771 Mountain Road, Moncton, NB.

For emergencies, please call 506.387.4015 or visit Riverview Animal Hospital located at 550 Pine Glen Road, Riverview, NB.

Once this situation passes, we will let everyone know as soon as our doors are open and start scheduling appointments for all of your pet care needs.

Thank you in advance for your understanding and we hope that you, your family and pets all stay healthy and safe.

The dedicated team at Acadia Veterinary Hospital