Fleas are one of the most common parasites that can infest your pet. An infestation can occur at any stage of the year despite popular belief that spring/summer are the only times fleas are a problem.
How do you know your pet has an infestation?
Live fleas may be seen on your pets’ coat but they may not be easily seen in thick or dark coats. ‘Flea dirt’ will probably be seen on you pets’ fur, this looks like small dry specks of muck and will streak red when wiped with damp white cotton wool. Excessive scratching can also be another common sign of fleas.
How do you treat fleas?
Like most things, prevention is better than cure. Fleas live in the environment and not on your pet, so they can sometimes be hard to treat and may take a number of months to get rid of them fully.
Spot on treatments applied between the shoulders monthly or a new tablet (for dogs only) given every 3 months will serve as protection and treatment against fleas. Some of these work in the environment as well as on your pet. Please come in and talk to our staff further to find out what product best suits you and your pet.
Intestinal worms are extremely common in both dogs and cats but especially in puppies and kittens. They are also a parasite that can be spread to people, so for this reason it is extremely important to have a regular worming routine in place from when you first bring your new pet home.
- 2 weeks – 12 weeks: dose every 2 weeks
- 3 months – 6 months: dose every 4 weeks
- 6 months – rest of life: dose every 3 months
Dosing can be done orally, either by tablet or by liquid. Also some spot on treatments will cover some types of worm. Visit our practice, and our staff can suggest what product would best suit your pet. Signs of worms can include a swollen tummy and ill thrift with increased appetite. Owners may also see irritation in the perianal area and in severe cases worms may be seen in faeces or vomit.