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How often should I worm my pet?

Your dog or cat should be wormed 2-4 times per year depending on how much they go out or hunt, or if they have fleas, as these little pests carry an intermediate stage of one of the tapeworms. We can worm your pet in the surgery with a single dose tablet. The vet will advise you of the best routine for your pet.  For some parasites, monthly worming is recommended.

 

 

What flea products should I use?

No one likes fleas and preventing an infestation before one takes hold is much easier than treating your pet and house afterwards. Remember 95% of a flea population during an infestation is not on the pet but in your home! Not only that, but the skin condition Flea Allergic Dermatitis can be very sore for your pet, as well as being expensive to treat. Prevention is always better than cure!

We recommend a variety of products, all of which are prescription medicines which have passed rigorous safety and clinical trials, to ensure that they do the job without risking harm to your pet.  Not all products can claim this!   Advocate, for example, is a monthly spot on treatment applied to the skin on the back of your dog or cat’s neck from 7 weeks of age. Not only will this product kill adult fleas but it also kills any larvae as well!  It is performed monthly.  Advocate has additional activity against ear mites, skin mange mites, and intestinal round worms and importantly for dogs – Lungworm.  Please be aware, that the dog and cat spot-on are species specific (i.e. never apply a dog product to a cat, or vice versa!).  

Another monthly cat spot-on preparation is Broadline, which not only kills fleas, but also provides full worming protection (including tapeworm) for your cat.  Program is a 6-monthly flea injection, which some owners prefer rather than monthly spot-ons (it is equally effective, although acts in a slightly different way than spot-on products).  For dogs, there is the alternative of a 3-month tablet, called Bravecto.  This also kills and protects against ticks.

All of these products are available on our Pet Health Club, as well as for sale separately, once your pet has been examined by a vet.  Joining our Pet Health Club provides significant savings on the cost of routine preventative care for your pet!  

 

 

Free Flea Check

If you would like further advice on effective flea product, for your pet or your home, then please do not hesitate to call us, or pop in to discuss in person. For prescription products we are required by law to examine your pet, as many of these medicines are only safe in healthy animals.  They are also dosed according to your pet’s weight, and so an accurate weight must be obtained.  We do offer a free of charge check-up service, for the provision of flea and worming products, though.  This will be required on an annual basis.

 

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