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.
Several types of internal and external parasites can cause problems in cats. Intestinal worms are quite common and can be a very serious issue, especially in kittens. Therefore, it is important to keep our cats protected and properly treated to avoid these pests. A few of the common intestinal worms include hookworms, roundworms, and tapeworms. Hookworms can cause anemia, roundworms can affect growth and development, and tapeworms often accumulate in the guts and heavy burdens can lead to intestinal blockage. There are myths that only outdoor animals can get fleas. However, they are quite common in indoor cats as well. Fleas can enter a house on the clothing of humans, or on other animals and can be difficult to eradicate from the environment once present. Fleas can have many effects on our cats, including flea bite dermatitis (an allergy to the fleas) and anemia (can occur in severe cases because the fleas feed on blood). Since fleas act as intermediate hosts to a number of parasites, infection with other internal worms can occur.
To keep out cats healthy and happy, the focus needs to be on prevention. There are a number of topical and oral preventatives that can be a great choice for your feline friend; our veterinarians can help decide with you which will be the best fit for your cat. If your cat goes outdoors, it is also a good idea to do periodic routine deworming, which can be achieved with an oral pill obtained from your veterinarian. We all want our cats to be as healthy as can be and keeping them free from parasites is a great first step!
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 15, 2020 some 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 905-664-4888. 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. 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.
5. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
- Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm - Saturday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm - Sunday: CLOSED
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Briarwood Animal Hospital