Parasites are unfortunately very common in the UK and routine prevention is important to reduce the likelihood of disease resulting from parasite infestation. We are always happy to advise you on a prevention programme for your pet as there is a huge range of products available and it is very important to have each individual animal on the regime that suits their lifestyle and risk factors best. Some parasite treatments are “prescription only” which means that if we have not seen your dog in the last 6-12 months you will need an appointment to weigh and check your dog before we can dispense the medication. These appointments are taken by our nurses and are free of charge.
We recommend that your puppy is wormed from the first vaccination, every month until six months of age if using Milquantel. However, there are many wormers available and we are happy to discuss your puppy’s risk factors and requirements at your first vaccination appointment. Worming older dogs is less frequent – we would recommend Milquantel every three months. Worming is especially important if your dog is a scavenger or if you have young children, who are at risk of picking up worms from the dog.
Flea treatment is also recommended for all dogs. Puppies do not need to be treated if they have no signs of fleas and are not going out of the garden, but they do if there are other cats or dogs in the household. We recommend Bravecto, which you can collect from us without an appointment if you are registered with us and we have seen the animal recently.
We recommend that your kitten is wormed every month until six months of age, then regularly four times a year. This is especially important if the cat is a hunter, or if you have young children who are at risk of picking up worms from the cat. We reccommend Milquantel tablet or Broadline spot on.
Flea treatment is also recommended for all cats. These little pests can carry infectious diseases which can be transferred when they bite a cat, for example Feline Infectious Anaemia and Feline Leukaemia Virus.
If, as a kitten, there are no signs of fleas and the kitten is not going outside then they do not always need to be treated. However, if you have other dogs or cats in the house kittens should be treated. We recommend Bravecto Spot On, which you can collect from our surgery if you are registered with us. Please note, products intended for dogs are not suitable for use in cats and can have serious toxic effects.
If you need any further information on preventing parasites in your pet, please do not hesitate to call us. We are always happy to discuss your needs and advise you on the best protocol.