We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.
All cat owners should discuss a regular program of parasite testing and control with one of our veterinarians. Knowing when to deworm a cat is as important as knowing how to deworm it. Obtain the necessary medication from our hospital. Oral, topical, and injectable medications are available depending on the target parasite. You should never try to medicate with over-the-counter dewormers without checking first with one of the veterinarians, especially with kittens.
Several types of worms can infect cats. The four most common are roundworms, hookworms, tapeworms, and heartworms. Not only do these worms pose a danger to your cat, but many can be spread to other household pets and some, on rare occasions, to humans (those with compromised immune systems and young children are at more risk). For the safety of everyone, in addition to deworming kittens, recently adopted cats, and cats with symptoms, all cat owners should discuss a regular program of parasite testing and control with one of our veterinarians. Knowing when to deworm your cat is as important as knowing how to deworm it.
What are worm infestation symptoms in cats?
Some worms can be seen in the cat’s stool, bedding or in their vomit. Segments can also be seen around your cat’s anus. Some cats may appear bloated “pot-bellied” or even be seen scooting their anus on the ground/carpet. Sometimes, they have a hard time gaining weight and worms can even cause intestinal blockages if they are severely infested. Intestinal worms can also cause diarrhea or loose stools.
Do worms affect humans?
Not only do these worms pose a danger to your cat, but some of them can also infect humans and all of them can infect other household pets. You can reduce the risk of parasitic infection to your family by eliminating parasites from pets; restricting access to contaminated areas, such as sandboxes, pet “walk areas,” and other high-traffic areas; and practicing good personal hygiene. Disposing of pet feces on a regular basis can help remove potentially infective worm eggs before they become distributed in the environment and are picked up or ingested by pets or humans.
What is the deworming schedule?
Your cat’s schedule will be based on the lifestyle of your cat. Cats who spend time outside or cats who hunt will require more frequent deworming and we recommend that these cats be given deworming medication on a regular basis. The treatment is not a one-time deal. It is still important to deworm indoor cats as they can still pick up parasites. Please discuss with one of the team members if you are concerned about deworming your cat.
Any deworming medication side effects?
Deworming and other parasite control medications are targeted to affect the parasite (the worm) and not the host (the cat), usually by taking advantage of the unique nervous system of the parasite. Some side effects include diarrhea and vomiting. If your cat shows any other signs, please call our hospital and report any other signs to make sure that your cat is reacting appropriately.
Below are a few suggestions should you come across injured or orphaned wildlife. First, you need to determine if the wild animal is indeed injured or abandoned without putting yourself in harm’s way. Try not to have too much contact with the animal or to disturb the surroundings. If you are unsure, it is best that you leave it be and call a wildlife specialist to notify them about the animal and its location. Certain animals like rabbits and deer often leave their young alone for long periods throughout the day. If it appears healthy and well, do not disturb the animal.
Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.
The following policies are up-to-date as of Tuesday April 7, 2020:
1. We are currently operating a "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. Please call 204-269-8162 when you arrive for your appointment or ring the doorbell, and one of our staff members will meet you at the hospital entrance to admit your pet for their exam. Once the veterinarian has finished the exam, we will call to discuss our recommended treatment plan.
2. We are continuing to accept 2 routine appointments per day, per doctor, but priority will be given to urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. If you're unsure whether your pet needs medical attention, please call us to discuss your situation.
3. The hospital is still OPEN with the following hours: Monday 8:00 am - 7:00 pm Tuesday to Thursday 7:30 am - 7:00 pm Friday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm Saturday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm Sunday CLOSED
The boarding and grooming building is CLOSED until further notice.
4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the Online Store, visit our website.
5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
6. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice physical distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this disease.
Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid, and any updates will be provided as changes occur.
- Your dedicated team at Centennial Animal Hospital