Flea and Worming 

Flea Prevention

Fleas are very undesirable parasites which feed off our domestic pets – their natural hosts. When environmental conditions are optimal the flea population will grow at a very rapid pace and, once you have a flea infestation, it is very difficult to get rid of the problem.

Fleas can cause enormous problems to pets by spreading worms and other diseases causing itchiness, irritation and in some cases resulting in severe allergic reactions. It’s also very embarrassing when they start biting your human guests at dinner parties!
Flea eggs hatch when the correct surrounding temperature and humidity are reached. This starts at the beginning of spring and can result in a massive flea population by the end of summer and early autumn. Flea eggs laid in the autumn will hatch the following spring or, if indoors, whenever you turn on your central heating.

At Ashmore Vets we determine the best flea programme tailored specifically to your pet and its lifestyle. We take into consideration many factors such as how many dogs and cats there are in your home, whether they go out and whether you intend travelling to Southern Europe or any areas of the UK affected by tick infestation. We have a number of very good products to suit different pets and owners. In general we recommend a spot-on product which is applied to the back of the neck on a monthly basis. Unlike similar drugs this product has the added advantage of providing protection against roundworms and lungworm.

Depending on the needs of the client and pet we have a range of other products that we recommend including: tablets that control and kill fleas, an injection for your cat that provides 6 months protection and sprays for your pet, carpets and floorboards.
To achieve optimal flea control, preventive treatment should be provided throughout the year. If you are unfortunate enough to get a flea infestation on your pet and in your home we are always available to give thorough advice on how to eliminate the problem effectively and safely.

Worm Prevention

Regular worming will keep your pet parasite-free. And your children safe.

Cats and dogs pick up worms from their mothers, other pets, ingesting slugs and snails and by coming into contact with the faeces of other animals. There are several types of worms including roundworm, tapeworm, whipworm and hookworm. All these will cause disease ranging from weight loss to severe life-threatening diarrhoea. Roundworm, and some types of tapeworm, can be passed on to people, particularly children, and can cause disease and even blindness. To offer the most comprehensive protection for cats and dogs we generally recommend:

• monthly treatment with a de-worming tablet (Milbemax) up to 6 months of age
• subsequent de-worming every 3 months in adults (also with Milbemax)
• monthly treatment in adults with our recommended flea prevention product (Advocate) has the added advantage of providing additional protection against roundworms and lungworm.

These worming drugs are only available from veterinary surgeries and they are far more effective than those available at pet shops and supermarkets. If you have any problems in administering these products we are more than happy to do this for you. There may be certain circumstances where we would adjust this regime to suit particular requirements of individual pets and their owners. At Ashmore Vets we can also offer you straight forward advice on which treatment is best for your pet. Book an appointment today.

 

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