There are many different types of fleas and worms that can infect dogs and cats in the UK. In fact, they are two of the most common problems that your pet can suffer from. Fortunately, we can protect your pet with regular treatment.
The type of parasite that your pet picks up will depend on their lifestyle. Outdoor cats will need a regular worming treatment, whereas indoor cats will only need to be treated a few times a year.
We recommend that dogs are given a worming treatment every three to four months, as worms can be easily picked up in parks and woodland, and anywhere other dogs have been. Puppies should be wormed every two weeks from two weeks to 12 weeks of age. After that, we recommend a monthly dose until they are six months old.
The symptoms of worms for both cats and dogs include weight loss, poor growth, poor coat, diarrhoea and vomiting. If you think that your pet has worms, please make an appointment with us to discuss treatment options.
Did you know? Most of the fleas that you find on dogs are actually cat fleas. These microscopic critters can lay dormant for long periods of time in gardens, on carpets or furniture until they attach themselves to your pet’s skin or fur. You may notice that your pet has started scratching a lot or you have seen small specks of black dirt on your pet’s coat. To find out if it is flea dirt, brush the coat and gather the grit on a moist white tissue. Flea dirt will produce a red mark.
Fleas also have the ability to host tapeworms in cats and dogs, so we advise that you treat your pet for both fleas and worms if they are infected.
Regular flea and worm treatment will give you the reassurance that you are providing the best possible care for your pet.