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Parasite Control

Two general types of parasite need to be controlled for our pets’ sakes as well as for public health concerns:

  • Endoparasites: the internal ‘worms’ including various roundworms, tapeworms, whipworms and hookworms. Each has a different life-cycle and can cause a variety of problems.
  • Ectoparasites: live on or near the skin surface and cause problems such as skin irritation and allergies or can carry diseases and other infections. Control is thus vital for the well being of our pets.

Worm control

Dogs

Recent research has changed our recommendations on the frequency of de-worming. The individual’s life-style along with its age will greatly influence how often they need to be treated. The most recent recommendations from the BSAVA suggest monthly de-worming is ideal particularly with current public health concerns and the possibility of human infection.

A variety of medications can be recommended depending on how easy your pet is to medicate and what would be best suited to its individual circumstances. Our Vets and Nurses can advise you. See our dog worming factsheet.

Cats

The worming programme is also ideally each month but also depends on an individual’s life-style and what flea control is used. Veterinary advice is always available. See our cat worming factsheet.

Flea control

A number of excellent products are now available to control these most irritating of unwelcome visitors! Some drugs will also contribute to the control of other ectoparasites (e.g. ticks, mites) and some help control endoparasites (e.g. roundworms).

Looking at the individual’s life style, temperament and risk level helps us decide on which product best suits that pet. We have a range of possible products including: sprays, drops onto the skin, injections, tablets and effective collars. As central heating and mild winters make fleas a year-round problem, treatment is needed throughout an animal’s life.

Please call in or book an appointment to discuss which method would best suit you and your pet. For further information please see our factsheets on dog fleas and cat fleas.