Fleas, Ticks & Intestinal Worms

Intestinal worms, fleas and ticks are unwelcome pet parasites that can sometimes cause disease in people as well.  Just like heartworm disease, prevention is best.   

 

Keeping your pet's parasite control up-to-date is the best way to protect

them and your family. There are many products available, but we believe that some are much more effective than others, despite marketing claims. We are happy to discuss flea and worming treatments with you at any time and we have a good stock of recommended products.

Treatment tips

  • Avoid older, and often cheaper products (such as those found in supermarkets), as some are more toxic and nearly always far less effective than newer products.
  • The fleas that you see on your dog or cat less than 2% of the number that live within your environment.  The best products treat both your pet and their environment.  If you are struggling with a heavy flea infestation, contact the clinic for more advice. 

Flea control should commence straight away

Not only do fleas cause itching they are also
a major cause of:

  • dermatitis—a severe inflammation within the skin that can lead
    to infections and hot spots)
  • worms and various diseases

Fleas can still breed in Winter. While they may prefer to bite our pets, they are often happy to multiply in houses and bite us too! In fact, the flea will spend only a small part of its life-cycle on your pet and more in your home. This is why it is best to treat your home, as well as your pet, when an infestation occurs.

Worms affect pets and humans

Worms affect the health of your pet, but can also transmit to people, especially young children. Worms can cause serious and permanent illness in humans which can be avoided by regular worm prevention.  It is essential to commence a worm control program from the moment you take home your new pet.

 

The intestinal worms that we recommend control in pets are roundworms, hookworms, whipworms and tapeworms. If you have a new pet or your adult pet hasn’t received a worming treatment in the past 3 months, please contact us at the Veterinary Hospital.

Ticks

Ticks are not just ugly – certain ticks cause fatal tick paralysis.

Tick prevention should be incorporated into your parasite control program.

Please contact us for advice.