Worming, Flea and Tick Treatment

Worming, Flea and Tick Treatment

We have put together a list of frequently asked questions. If you have any suggestions for a FAQ which doesn’t feature then we would love to hear from you- please email, call or have a chat with us at the practice.

How often do I need to worm my dog or cat?

This depends on the habits and lifestyle of your dog or cat but generally we recommend worming every 3-6 months. We tailor worming protocols to suit your pet’s requirements and are always more than happy to give advice on this topic.

How often do I need to treat my dog or cat for fleas?

This also depends on the habits and lifestyle of your dog or cat but we are able to offer a large variety of flea treatment such as spot-on products, tablets (for dogs) and also a new collar which provides up to 8 months protection against fleas and ticks.

Please feel free to enquire at the practice for more information.

I’ve heard that dogs can die from lungworm. How do they get it and how do I prevent it?

Canine lungworm (Angiostrongylus vasorum) is a nematode worm that dogs can get from eating slugs or snails (and licking their trails). It can be easily prevented by use of a spot-on product (Advocate), applied monthly, that is also an effective treatment against fleas and many internal parasites.

This is a product we routinely recommend for use in puppies and can also be used in adult dogs.

My pet has fleas and I’m getting bitten as well.
What do I need to do?

The vast majority of fleas will be in your home environment– not on your pet! In addition to treating your pet with a rapid kill flea product you will also need to kill the fleas in your home. Thorough hoovering, especially areas where your pet likes to lie and dark, warm areas (e.g. in front of the sofa where your feet rest) coupled with the washing of bedding on the hottest cycle recommended by the bedding manufacturer (+ tumble drying if possible, and recommended) is important.

You will also need to treat your home with a special spray that we can provide you with in order to kill the fleas and larvae. One treatment will protect your home for a full 12 months from flea eggs and larvae as well as house dust mites. It’s important to read all instructions, safety advice and warnings on the can prior to use. Please note that children, pets, birds and fish tanks should be removed before treatment and it should never be applied directly to an animal. Windows should be closed during treatment with the spray.

Following the room being treated immediately open the windows. It should then be completely vacated and ventilated, for at least 1 hour, prior to the re-entry of people and pets. It’s also important to make sure all spray mist has settled and the surfaces are dry before allowing any persons (including babies and young children) or pets to re-enter the room. Please speak to one of the team who will provide you with detailed instructions on how to use the spray effectively, along with an informative leaflet for you to take home.

I’ve heard about Ticks and Babesia. Should I be concerned?

Ticks are common in the UK and feed by attaching themselves to a passing animal (or human), feeding on blood and then dropping off to complete the next part of their life cycle. They can transmit nasty bloodborne diseases such as Lyme’s Disease and Babesia which in turn can cause severe illness and even death. Recently cases of Babesia have been diagnosed in dogs in the UK.

Prevention is always better than cure so please speak with us if you are in any way concerned about ticks and your pet. Our friendly team will be able to advise you on the best tick prevention products.

If you notice a tick on your pet please contact us straight away so we can safely remove it. Ticks bury their mouthparts deep into the skin, like an anchor, so these can easily be left behind if an incorrect removal technique is used. This can result in infections and abscesses.

If you notice a tick on yourself you should seek immediate medical advice.