Cat Deworming

No one wants to think about their cats having parasites, but it happens. Thankfully there are simple solutions. In some cases, it can be as easy as giving them a topical product.

What are some types of parasites found in cats?

Kittens are more likely to have roundworms. Adult cats – especially hunters – are more likely to have tapeworms. Also, cats are now at risk for heartworm.

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

Some cats may have diarrhea, bloating, or you may see worms in their stool. It is also possible for your cat to have worms and not show any signs. The best course of action is to make sure to deworm your cat regularly. Even indoor cats are at risk of having worms.

Are worms dangerous to humans?

With proper hygiene practices, most people have little to worry about. One of the best ways you can protect yourself is to thoroughly wash your hands after cleaning up after your cat (ie. after cleaning their litter box).

What is the deworming schedule?

Deworming will depend on your cat’s lifestyle. If you have a hunter, more frequent deworming would be recommended. Even indoor cats can be at risk, and the housefly can pass along parasites and should be dewormed. Our team can help with your cat’s deworming protocol.

Are there any side effects from deworming medication?

Although rare, some cats may experience vomiting or diarrhea after taking deworming medication. If you have any concerns, please don’t hesitate to discuss them with our staff.

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.

Unfortunately, due to the ongoing health crisis, we have suspended our pet boarding services until further notice, and we are not accepting new patients at this time due to higher than normal case-loads. Thank you for your understanding.

Note: If you are experiencing respiratory symptoms, please let us know when you book your pet’s appointment. As the potential to spread to pets is still relatively unknown, it is possible that your pet could create a risk to other people who may be handling him or her. Whenever possible, please send someone who is not experiencing respiratory symptoms to the appointment with your pet.

The following changes are effective as of Tuesday, March 17, 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 604-526-0334. We will bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then call you on your cell phone to discuss the issues with your pet, and you will have a telemedicine consult with the veterinarian to discuss further diagnostics required or a treatment plan for your pet. Following the end of the appointment, we will return your pet to your vehicle. 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. Where possible, we will do our best to accommodate annual vaccinations; however, all other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours:
Monday – Friday: 8:30 am – 6:30 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

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 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.

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.

In these uncertain times, please see the below link for the most recent information for the public on COVID-19 and animals from the Government of Canada (specifically the Canadian Food Inspection Agency).


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 South Burnaby Veterinary Hospital