Flea tick & worm treatment
We’ll help you protect your pets and home from pesky parasites
Fleas, ticks and worms are the most common parasites our pets are likely to suffer from. Infestations that get out of hand can cause extreme suffering for your pet and may blight your home and family, but regular preventative treatments mean this is easily avoided. To help you achieve this we now offer a free text or email reminder service. These will be sent once you have bought products at the practice. Please ensure the mobile and email details we hold for you are correct when you next visit.
We sell Multi-action, prescription strength treatments which are only available from veterinary practices. While cheaper treatments are available from some shops and supermarkets they are often far less effective and can leave you and your pet vulnerable to an infestation.
An adult flea feeds by sucking blood from your pet. Each one lays around 50 eggs a day, which may stay in your pet’s fur or fall off into your home. Given the right warm conditions, such as are provided by central heating, they can hatch into fleas in just a few short weeks and start the cycle again.
Aside from making your pet uncomfortably itchy, severe flea infestations can make pets weak and ill because so much blood is being taken. Fleas also carry germs and can transmit worms, putting the health of everyone in your family at risk.
Spotting your pet has fleas can be tricky. There are often no symptoms to start with and by the time the problem is obvious it will be harder to treat. The best way to deal with fleas is to never let them take hold by using a preventative treatment every month.
The best type of flea treatment is Broadline for cats or Nexgard for dogs, which is easily applied to your pet in the form of a few drops on the back of their neck or as a tasty tablet, respectivley. These are both also effective against ticks. The amount you need depends on your pet’s weight – we can help you work out how much you need if you’re not sure. The treatment kills any adult fleas which are on your pet and remains active for a month, and any ticks that try to attach themselves will also die.
Ticks are very prevalent in our area and we strongly advise treating any pet that goes out and about, every month all year round. We use the most up to date prescription only products to ensure these blood sucking parasites do not cause your pet any harm. Ticks can carry some unpleasant blood borne diseases such as Lyme Disease which can affect them or you. Even just the initial bite from a tick can cause a painful or infected swelling. It is important to check your pet for ticks daily especially when they come in from being outside. We recommend you have a special Tick Hook at home in case one of these nasty creatures manages to attach itself to your pet.
Tapeworms, roundworms and lungworms can all set up home in your animal’s body, taking nutrients from them while producing hundreds of eggs. As the worms grow and multiply, your pet may suffer from vomiting, diarrhoea or other even more unpleasant effects and will be hungry despite eating more food than usual.
Some of the eggs are passed out into the environment where they can infect other animals and, of course, humans. Shockingly, worms can cause blindness and problems with abdominal organs in people, and children in particular are at risk.
Thankfully there are plenty of treatment options, either in the form of tablets or drops on your pet’s skin. Kittens and puppies both need monthly treatments for the first 6 months of their lives and can then be kept worm free with treatments every one to three months.
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Alexandra Vets, Clevedon
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