Fleas, Ticks, Worms and other Parasites
This is something we would rather not think about, but really need to... and is definitely a case of prevention being better than cure! Don’t worry though, if you suspect your pet has some sort of parasite we will be able to sort it out.
It’s worth knowing that worming, flea and tick treatments are not all the same and it’s worth buying the best to be on the safe side. Indeed the most effective treatments are only available through a veterinary practice. Experience has shown us what works and what doesn’t and we will happily advise you.
You can pick up any treatment from us at the clinic. Please call us in advance so that we can get everything ready for you.
There are many types of worms that can infest our pets and if you thought that worms were all the same then you’re wrong! We don’t wish to alarm you but there are around a dozen different species that can infect pets in the UK, and they range in size from just a few millimetres to a frightening five metres! Our pets don’t worry about worms and can easily become infested by worms in a whole variety of different ways - fleas, hunting & scavenging, contact with contaminated soil, via the mother's milk or before birth via the placenta. Luckily preventative treatment is easy - just use regular deworming medications and you pet will remain worm free! For dogs - deworming tablets and for cats - deworming tablets or a spot-on dewormer. You need to deworm 3 or 4 times each year.
If your pet has had fleas or ticks, then you will know just how irritating this infestation can be to them. Sadly it’s not just irritating but can also be dangerous to your pet’s health and to the health of you and your family. Ticks are known to transmit Lyme disease and fleas transmit tapeworms. If your pet spends anytime outside or in a pen at a groomer/kennels/cattery, then they will be at risk of a flea jumping onto their coat – the adult fleas lay eggs which fall from the coat in the house and hatch into larvae and then pupate to re-emerge as adult fleas to infest your pet or even you! Ticks spend most of their lifetime in the pasture and only climb onto a pet or human when they need a blood meal and then fall back into the pasture. Control is easy- in dogs we use a monthly spot-on or a 3 monthly tablet or a 6 monthly collar. In cats - we use a monthly spot-on or a 6 monthly collar or a 6 monthly injection. Providing that you use proper Veterinary flea and tick treatments from the New Hall Veterinary Centre, you will ensure that your pets are worm, flea and tick free!