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.

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Cat Deworming

Routine deworming, especially in outdoor cats, can help to prevent parasitic disease.

What are some types of parasites found in cats?

A cat can become infected with many types of internal parasites, including roundworms, tapeworms, and lungworms. Tapeworm segments look like grains of white rice adhered to the hair around the anus of your cat. If your cat hunts regularly we will recommend routine worming with a product that controls tapeworms. Other internal parasites can only be identified by providing a fecal sample from your cat for analysis in our hospital laboratory.

If my cat has worms, what symptoms should I look for?

Weight loss, unthrifty coat, changes in appetite, diarrhea, changes in breathing or coughing are all symptoms of possible internal parasite infection.

Are worms dangerous to humans?

There are certain parasites such as tapeworms and roundworms, hookworms that can cause illness when they infect humans.

What is the deworming schedule?

We recommend deworming every three months in cats that are at risk (outdoor, hunting, or around other cats that carry out these practices). Families with small children or immune compromised should use a monthly deworming schedule.

Are there any side effects from deworming medication?

Occasionally transient GI upset can occur, but most cats tolerate the medication with no problems.

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

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 changes are effective as of Monday, March 30, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 250-743-3223. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan. If you do not have a cell phone please knock on our door to let us know you have arrived and then return to your vehicle.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations as long as we have the staff available to maintain the standard practice protocols. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours:
Monday to Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 3-5 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 and take payment over the phone. 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.

Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

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 Mill Bay Veterinary Hospital