Parasites

Parasites

Flea and worming protocol

 

  • Worming - monthly for lungworm
  • Flea and tick -monthly/3 monthly

Depending on the products used this varies, please ask at reception for more information and promotions on different products.

 

Worms:

Internal gut worms such as roundworm and tapeworm live in your pet's gastrointestinal tract

Not all pets with worms will be itchy- it's not the same as children!

External Parasites: mites, fleas, ticks and lice

These biting and sucking pests can be picked up from the environment or other animals. There's a myriad of treatments available, and navigating through the options to find what's best for your pet can be difficult. Do chat to one of our staff and gain expert advice. For example, there is a tablet available for dogs which we find offers excellent control against fleas and ticks for 3 months- find out how to combine this with wormers or tick treatments to ensure efficacy and safety at all times.

Lungworm:

This parasite infects adult dogs, and is becoming a serious treat in our region following spread from mainland Europe. The adult worm lives in the heart and blood vessels supplying the lungs, and can cause a range of problems. As well as respiratory distress and coughing, lungworm can interfere with the clotting of the blood, causing bleeding problems which can be very serious, sometimes fatal. A simple blood test to diagnose the infection is available at the surgery. The lungworm parasite is carried through slugs and snails- either your inquisitive pet eating these when chewing grass or drinking from puddles, or even spread through snail slime which accumulates outside on water bowls or toys.

 

Did you know your pet could be at risk from picking up a parasite every day, in everyday life?

  • Other dogs: dog to dog contact can spread roundworm, tapeworm and fleas
  • Foxes: Foxes spread hookworm and lungworm as well as being the main source of the sarcoptes mange mite.
  • Your carpet: Flea larvae can live in a carpet for years before hatching
  • Mice: Are intermediate hosts for tapeworm. If your cat hunts you need tapeworm protection
  • Birds: Cats can get Roundworm from eating infected birds
  • Your garden: Slugs and snails carry lungworm and if there has been poo on the ground there could be roundworm eggs
  • Dog Poo: Can contain up to 1 million roundworm eggs, eggs can remain on the grass once poo is cleared up
  • Long grass: Ticks lie waiting in long grass for a host to brush past
  • Slugs and snails: Carry lungworm, your dog can be infected from eating one or even from the slime on toys/bowls.

 

 

Further Information

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