Flea & Worming Treatments

Don’t let your pet suffer the discomfort of a flea or worm infestation – make sure they are protected

Fleas and worms are both examples of common parasites that can affect your pet and cause serious problems if they are not treated quickly and effectively. In certain situations, they can also cause health problems for you and your family, so it’s essential to make sure you’re on top of your pet’s preventative parasite treatments.

Fleas

Fleas are tiny insects that live in warm environments – like your pet’s fur, and even your clothes – and feed on blood. They are particularly known for their ability to jump huge distances, meaning that once an infestation has taken hold it can spread quickly and is very difficult to eliminate.

Flea saliva, which is left on you and your pet’s skin after they bite, is an irritant and often results in itchy, red and sore raised bumps. Fleas can also carry worm eggs which present even more of a health risk to your pets if they swallow them whilst grooming.

Symptoms of fleas include:-

  • Appearance of red itchy spots on your pet’s skin
  • Subdued behaviour
  • Visible red or brown spots moving in your pet’s fur

Dogs, cats and rabbits should all be treated regularly – at least every four weeks, depending on the product used – to protect them against fleas. This can be done in a variety of ways, including sprays, collars, spot-on treatments and tablets. Please be aware that the type and dosage of treatment will depend on your individual pet, so please bring them in to see us before making a decision.

Worms

Worms typically live in your pet’s intestines where they can develop and multiply, eventually causing your companion to feel very unwell.

There are several different types of worm in the UK that pose a risk to your pets, but the most common are roundworms, tapeworms and lungworm.

Symptoms of worms include:-

  • Nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea
  • Weight loss, despite an increased appetite
  • Dry or coarse fur
  • Visible worms (resembling grains of rice) in your pet’s vomit, faeces or around their rear end

Puppies and kittens can receive worm protection via tablets, pastes or spot-on treatments. This treatment should be administered every 3-4 weeks until 6 months of age. After this time they should be treated at least every three months.

It is recommended that rabbits should be treated for worms 2-4 times a year.

As with flea treatments, the type of worming treatment that is best for your pet will depend on their breed and weight. Please speak to one of our experienced and qualified veterinary team who will be able to advise you on the best products for your pet.