Flea and worm treatment
Why is flea and worming so important?
Fleas and worms are parasites that can cause serious illnesses, including gastrointestinal problems, anemia and skin allergies, when they come into contact with your dog or cat. They can also be harmful to humans which means it is important to be diligent, especially if you have children in the house. Treating your pet against fleas and worms will ensure both you, your pet and the rest of your family are healthy and safe.
What causes my pet to get fleas and worms?
Avoiding fleas and worms is difficult when our pets are constantly coming into contact with other animals, whether this is other domestic pets or even wildlife. Some fleas even carry worm larvae! Due to fleas and worms being so hard to avoid, it makes it even more important to make sure your dog or cat is given preventative treatment, rather than only beginning treatment once they have caught them.
How can I prevent my pet from getting fleas and worms?
Flea and worming treatment comes mainly in two forms: tablets or topical (spot-on treatment.) After we have seen your pet and have their up-to-date weight, we work out the dosage needed and dispense the type of medication of your choice to give to your pet.
When should the treatment be given?
The treatment should be administered regularly from early age of your pet. Don’t allow any gaps in cover since this can end up in a endless fight with parasites (they don’t only bother your pet but fleas tend to stay in carpets and furniture, which makes their eradication very difficult). Medication is given every month or every three months, depending on which products are used.
Why should I get flea and worming from my vets (prescription) instead of over the counter?
Products available over the counter are based on repellents or even herbal remedies. Prescription-only flea and worm products are an actual veterinary medicine with active ingredients both killing and preventing against the parasites.
This is better for your pet as it stops them from getting fleas and worms to begin with as well as treating them once they have them.
Should I use tablets or topical treatments?
There are a number of advantages to using oral treatments instead of topical/spot-on treatments, one of the greatest advantages being that tablets will not leave any residue on your pets fur or skin, and it does not wash off if they get wet.
Are there any risks?
Prescription medications are very effective and will keep your pet safe from parasites, it is still a medication and as such can have some side effects, which may include:
- And very rarely seizures
If your pet is showing any of these symptoms contact us immediately.
How can I find out more?
If you are finding it challenging to choose which treatments are best for you and your pet, give us a call and book a free nurse advice consultation. We will give you further insight into the advantages and disadvantages of each treatment, as well as a full treatment plan to ensure your pet gets the best level of protection.