Flea & Worming

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Flea Treatment

As we now live in an age where central heating is commonplace and our homes are insulated by double-glazing, fleas can happily thrive all year. Fleas can cause your dog or cat to scratch, and their saliva may trigger an allergic skin reaction. Fleas are also integral to the lifecycle of tapeworms, so flea treatment should form part of your regular worming plan. Fortunately there are some excellent flea and tick treatments available and some can be used as a preventative method too. The most effective preparations are usually available from our vets who will also be able to advise on specific treatment types.

Prescribed flea treatments are usually available in the form of shampoos, tablets, sprays or spot-on treatments. These are very effective, but as they contain chemicals, it is important to follow instructions carefully and dispose of packaging accordingly.

For further information as well as costs please speak to one of our members of staff at our community pet clinics.

Worming

As we now live in an age where central heating is commonplace and our homes are insulated by double-glazing, fleas can happily thrive all year. Fleas can cause your dog or cat to scratch, and their saliva may trigger an allergic skin reaction.

Fleas are also integral to the lifecycle of tapeworms, the most common route of infection of our pets is through eating the eggs of worms that are in the environment ( see image below) so flea treatment should form part of your regular worming plan. Worms are a form of internal parasites that live and multiply inside your pet. These worms may be categorised in two different groups: roundworms and tapeworms.

Not only do we Flea and Worm our cats and dogs for their good health humans are not free from risk, children, pregnant women and the elderly are particularly vulnerable to becoming infected with worms from pets. Although strict hygiene measures are fundamental, regular deworming is a key factor.

Throughout the first months of their life, puppies and kittens require frequent deworming (every 2 weeks) to eliminate parasites that take advantage when they are born and fed by their mums. Later in life, these treatments do not need to be done so often, but you should seek your vet's advice to evaluate the risk associated with your pet's lifestyle. Deworming of adult pets is usually recommended every 3 to 6 months.

Fortunately there are some excellent flea and tick treatments available and some can be used as a preventative method too. The most effective preparations are usually available from our vets who will also be able to advise on specific treatment types.

At Jollyes, our vets are able to prescribe flea and deworming in the form of tablets or, when these are not convenient, spot-on products. These are very effective, but as they contain chemicals, it is important to follow instructions carefully and dispose of packaging accordingly.

 

For further information as well as costs please speak to one of our members of staff at our community pet clinics.

Worming and Flea Treatment