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Flea and Worm Treatments


Fleas

Fleas are an external parasite, there are many different species of flea, the most common being the cat flea, although these can live on dogs too!

It is important to be consistent with flea treatment all year round, fleas are no longer just a problem during the summer months, central heating has allowed climates to be quite cosy within the home even in the harshest of winters.  The lifecycle of a flea is quite complex and can allow for a flea to live for many months within a pupae awaiting the right host to walk past.  These pupae and the earlier larval stage and eggs can all live quite happily in the pile of your carpet at home, for these reasons it is far easier to prevent fleas than it is to eradicate them.  If you find fleas on your pet, then it is important to treat the whole house with a household spray as well as the pets themselves.

Fleas can cause itching and allergic reactions leading to quite serious skin conditions, and in extreme cases can cause anaemia.  Fleas will also bite humans, though they will not set up home on our skin.

Treatment is advised every 1-2 months, depending on the product used.  The most common kinds of flea treatment come in a spot-on preparation, where just a small amount of liquid is applied to the back of the animal’s neck, where it is dispersed naturally by the animal’s skin oils.

Worms

Worms are parasites that can live within the body of an animal, most commonly they live in the guts, but others can be found in organs such as the heart and lungs.

Intestinal worms can cause many problems in animals including increased appetite, weight loss, poor coat condition and diarrhoea.  They can also be passed on to children.

For these reasons it is vitally important to keep a regular worming routine.  Worming is best achieved using a broad spectrum wormer available from us.  The Vet or nurse can advise you on the correct product and dose.

For puppies and kittens from weaning age to 12 weeks, worming should ideally be carried out every 2 weeks, this is when pets are most at risk from the effects of worms.  Between 12 weeks and 6 months of age, this should then be reduced to once monthly.

For adult dogs, cats and rabbits, worming should be carried out at least four times yearly. 

Lungworm

Lungworm is relatively new to Britain, and has received a lot of press attention recently to raise awareness of the parasite.  The coming of a warmer climate and the increase in pet travel overseas has led to its presence within our shores.  Cases were initially confined to the south of England, but are now becoming more common in the Midlands.  The worm causes damage to the heart, lungs and circulation of an animal, and can cause lethal effects. 

Your Pet is most at risk from lungworm if he eats slugs, snails and frogs (all used as part of the worm’s lifecycle).  You should also take care not to leave bowls and toys outside where slugs can leave their trails.  Regular worming should help to keep your pet safe from this parasite, but if your pet is at higher risk, the Vet or Nurse may advise that a spot-on treatment, called Avocate is used alongside worming tablets.  Advocate also treats external parasites such as fleas and mites, so can be used in place of your usual flea treatment routine.

 

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