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VCA Cat Hospital of Philadelphia strives for excellence in patient care and client service. Our doctors and staff are friendly and attentive. We aim to please and do our utmost to accommodate the needs of our clients. Our veterinarians and veterinary technicians are trained to the highest standards. Their knowledge of the latest veterinary medicines and procedures ensures that all our patients get the best in prevention and healing methods.

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How to Protect Your Cat from Intestinal Parasites

� Regular fecal exams: Bring a fresh fecal sample to each wellness exam (3�4 samples during the first year for kittens, one per year for indoor adults, two per year for outdoor). We test one fecal sample for each cat for the best chance of detecting any parasites present. Our fecal test also screens for microscopic parasites like Giardia and Isospora (coccidia) that are not eliminated by general dewormers.

� Preventative deworming: Some parasites, like tapeworms, are difficult to detect with fecal tests. If your cat is at high risk (e.g., kitten, indoor/outdoor, has fleas), we can give a dewormer to kill the most common intestinal worms. Deworming is safe even if your cat does not have parasites. Preventative deworming is recommended for all kittens and cats not receiving year-round heartworm prevention.

� Broad-spectrum heartworm medication: Revolution� is a liquid medication applied to your cat once a month to protect against fleas, heartworms, roundworms, hookworms, and ear mites. Treat year-round, because intestinal parasites can live inside your cat regardless of the climate outdoors, and many parasites can stay dormant in the environment for long periods until conditions allow them to become active again. Revolution� can be applied to cats as young as eight weeks old. All cats (and dogs) in the house must be treated for a successful parasite prevention program.

� Decrease exposure: Small rodents like mice can serve as intermediate hosts for parasites like tapeworms. Keeping your cat indoors discourages hunting behavior and prevents your cat from contacting infected soil.

� Do not feed raw or undercooked meat: Raw meat can carry parasites like Toxoplasma gondii, which is dangerous to both people and cats. Pregnant women must be especially careful.

How to keep you and your family safe:

http://www.petsandparasites.org/health/health.html

See also:

http://www.cdc.gov/healthypets/animals/cats

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