Worm Advice

Keeping your pet parasite free How to keep your pet healthy and free from pesky parasites

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    What are parasites?

    When it comes to parasites it really is a jungle out there; worse still these parasites can set up camp on, or inside your precious pooch, feline companion or even your home! Learn all you need to know about these itchy, wriggly, squirmy, mini beasts, and make sure you keep your pets and your home parasite free.

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    What are the risks?

    Fleas are exceptionally clever, they can lay 30+ eggs per day which drop to the ground and flea larvae can hatch in your carpets. However, they will only hatch when it’s warm enough (watch out for that central heating!) and when they know there is a suitable meal passing by. That meal could be your cat or dog… or even you! They can also cause some nasty reactions, so keep up the treatment all year round.

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The Human Risk

Parasites are unpleasant and can, in some cases, transmit fatal diseases to dogs and cats. However, one of the most worrying human risks comes from the roundworm 'Toxocara' . In rare cases, if ingested by a human this parasite can move to the back of the eye and cause blindness!

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Lungworm in Dogs

Due to the serious nature of this parasite a regular preventative treatment should be considered if you frequently see slugs or snails in your locality. Slugs and snails are on the increase and dogs can swallow these accidentally. Standard wormers do not prevent this parasite; so speak to your vet for more advice.

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What do they look like and where do they live?
  • Tapeworm look like long, flat ribbons or tapes, divided into segments
  • Adult tapeworm live in the small intestine
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What do they look like and where do they live?
  • Ticks have eight legs rather than six, and their bodies are composed of only two sections
  • Ixodes ricinus is the most common tick in the UK and Ireland
  • They are generally found in rural areas
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