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Deworming Services for Pets

Parasites like worms love making a home inside our furry friends but the feeling is not mutual. Worms can negatively affect your pet’s external and internal organs. There is a wide range of worms that fester on pets but some can even be passed onto humans, like roundworms. Protecting your pets against these parasites also ensures your health. Puppies and kittens are more likely to get worms but pets of all ages can be infected. Be sure to watch out for symptoms of worms in your pets and contact us at 604-824-5848 if you have any concerns.

How can I tell if my pet has worms?

Reactions to worms vary between pets depending on the type of worm they are infected with. Keeping this in mind, some general symptoms of intestinal worms are:

  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Tiredness
  • Dehydration
  • Weight loss

    I usually keep my puppy/kitten inside. How did they get worms?

    Your pet is more likely to have worms as kittens/puppies, regardless of your actions. Before puppies are born, their mothers pass on parasites while they are in the womb. Both kittens and puppies can also be infected while their mothers are nursing them.

    How often should my puppy/kitten be dewormed?

    You should book an appointment to deworm your puppy as early as 2 weeks old. For kittens, they should be dewormed at 3 weeks old. After their first deworming, the procedure should be done biweekly, until our veterinarians advise otherwise. Once your kitten is between 8 and 9 weeks old, deworming will be scheduled monthly. For puppies, they should wait until they are 12 weeks old for monthly deworming.

    What types of worms affect pets?

    There’s a wide range of worms that can harm pets but common ones are roundworms, heartworms, tapeworms, whipworms and hookworms.

    What can I do to protect my pet against worms?

    Bring your pet into our clinic for regular testing, even if they don’t have any of the above symptoms. Our veterinarians might also recommend preventive medication to protect your pet from infections. At home, you can clean up after your pets’ feces and safeguard your garden from parasites.

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    Last updated: April 5, 2021

    Dear Clients,

    With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 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, 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 - 5:30 pm
    Saturday: 9:00 am - 5 pm
    Sunday: Closed

    5. 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.

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

    - The team at Cottonwood Veterinary Clinic