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Deworming Services for Pets

Deworming is an essential part of your pet’s preventative and protective care. It helps to reduce their susceptibility to internal and external parasites. Please feel free to contact our team if you have any questions about your pet and their deworming treatments.

What is a deworming schedule?

Basically, this is a series of medical treatments to help prevent the transmission of worms and worm eggs. The prescription medications are usually taken orally, and can be in tablet or liquid form, depending on you and your pet’s preference.

How often should my pet be dewormed?

Deworming needs to be a constant and routine part of your pet’s health care through all stages of their life. Initially, deworming is done in puppies or in kittens, so they are protected from a young age. Once they reach adult age, dogs typically need to be dewormed every 3 months after they are 6-months-old in order to maintain protective effects.

What are some types of parasites found in cats and dogs?

Roundworms, hookworms, tapeworms or whipworms – which are often too small to see with the naked eye – are the most common types of parasites to infect our loyal companions.

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

Common symptoms of intestinal parasites include diarrhea, soft stools, foul odour to the stool or irritation around the rectum. That being said, there are many patients who show absolutely no symptoms, especially in the early days of infection. For this reason, it’s important to regularly take your pet to their veterinarian, so they can be fully examined.

Are there any side effects from deworming medication?

The most common side effect would be mild gastrointestinal upset, although this happens in a very small number of patients. If you think that your dog, cat or other pet is experiencing an adverse reaction to their deworming, please contact our practice as soon as you are able and we would help you as quickly as possible.

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: 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
    Saturday: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm (Pick-up Only)
    Saturday - 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 Dundas Veterinary Services