Worm Advice

Keeping Parasite Free

Handy tips to keep your pet parasite free

Keeping your pet free from parasites doesn’t need to be complicated! We have some hints and tips below to get you on your way:

flea-imageFleas

  • Regularly clean pets bedding
  • Seal and discard vacuum bags or clean your hoover
  • Treat the whole house with a veterinary recommended spray as directed
  • Remember, warm temperatures of spring and summer and the warmth of central heating in autumn and winter can activate fleas to begin hatching, biting and laying eggs by the thousands so flea prevention should continue year round

roundworm-imageRoundworm

  • If you can, try to stop your dog from sniffing or eating other animal’s poo!
  • As Roundworm can also be transmitted to humans, remember to wash your hands regularly.

 

tapeworms-imageTapeworm

Most pets are at risk from tapeworm, but some more so than others. If your pet regularly hunts or scavenges, you should treat your pet more frequently. If you can – prevent your pet from scavenging or eating wildlife, and keep pets free of fleas – because they can transmit tapeworm too!

 

ticks-imageTicks

Regularly examine and groom your pet, if you spot a tick remove it promptly using a tick hook. If you regularly walk your dog in long grass or woodland, or if your cat frequents these types of places, you should consider using a treatment to repel and kill ticks.

 

lungworm-in-dogs-imageLungworm 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.

 

lice-imageBiting Lice in dogs

Lice may be seen in young or debilitated animals so keep a close eye on your dog if it fits these criteria. Regular check-ups will ensure if your dog does have lice, they can be spotted and then treated promptly.

 

mites-imageEar Mites and Mange Mites

Ear mites and mange mites are highly contagious. If your dog or cat has them you should treat all in contact animals, and clean and dis-infect the surrounding areas including all bedding.

 

heartworm-imageHeartworm

Heartworm is not found in the UK and is normally only an issue when travelling abroad. If you are planning to travel abroad with your dog or cat, you should speak to your vet about using a product to prevent heartworm and also consider protecting your pet from mosquitoes, which transmit the heartworm larvae.

 

worm-imageWorms

  • Always dispose of your pets’ poo to limit environmental contamination with worm eggs
  • Keep your pets’ bedding clean
  • Regularly clean cats’ litter trays
  • Keep pets well groomed

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