Managing parasites is a key part of good preventative healthcare for dogs and cats. Our Pet Wellness Plans make this straightforward and affordable.
All of our recommended products are prescription-only, which means that an annual health and weight check is required. Please give 48hrs notice for us to dispense your pets correct medication when not coming in for a prescription check.
Parasite products should not be shared between pets; these products are prescribed based on weight and species and may therefore harm pets if given incorrectly.
Lungworm is a potentially fatal parasite that is spread from foxes to dogs via slugs and snails. All dogs are at risk in this area and should have a monthly preventative treatment. We have several suitable products available but it is important to note that there is no non-prescription treatment that is effective against lungworm. It is especially important for lungworm treatment to be up to date prior to any surgical procedure.
In addition, we recommend routine treatment of dogs for fleas, roundworms and tapeworm. Tick prevention is also advisable if the dog is exercised in areas where there are likely to be sheep and deer. Please ask one of the team for advice on the most appropriate product for your dog.
Outdoor cats are at risk of picking up fleas, roundworm, tapeworm and ticks, especially if they enjoy hunting. We recommend a monthly spot on treatment and now have one available that covers all parasites, meaning that no tablets are required.
Indoor cats usually need less frequent treatment, but can still be at risk of acquiring fleas. Please ask for advice on the best product for your cat.
Rabbits can be affected by common cat and dog fleas too, which is why it’s important to routinely treat cats and dogs.
Rabbits and guinea pigs are at risk of flystrike, especially in warmer months. Flystrike typically occurs when flies (mainly bluebottle and greenbottle flies) are attracted to faeces and urine-soiled bedding and fur and then lay eggs there. When the maggots hatch they burrow into the rabbit’s skin. Flystrike is often fatal so it’s important to keep your rabbit and their hutch clean and dry.
You can help to prevent flystrike by:
If you notice signs of flystrike call us immediately on 01293 782684
Fleas are small insects (around 0.1 to 0.32cm long and black/brown in colour) that feed off the blood of mammals. They multiply rapidly and once you have a flea infestation in your home, they can be difficult to get rid of.
Signs your pet has fleas include:
If you can’t see any visible signs but your pet is scratching more than normal, they may indeed have fleas. However, excessive scratching can also be a sign of other health issues so it’s important to get them checked over by one of our team if you are concerned.
One symptom that all types of parasitic worms can cause is unexplained weight loss. Other signs include:
Worming your pet is always advised to avoid health issues in them and in you as some worms can be harmful to humans too. Regular worming for your pets is essential and can be done alongside flea treatments.
Ticks are small and round with eight legs. They sink their mouthparts into the skin to gorge on blood and can swell up to the size of a coffee bean after a feed.
Signs your pet has been bitten by a tick include:
Ticks can be harmful if they are not dealt with straight away as they can transmit Lyme disease – a condition that can affect animals and humans.
It is not advisable to pull a tick straight out (as the head can become detached and remain in your pet’s skin) or try to suffocate or burn them. You will need a tick removal tool to grip, twist, and pull them out safely – ask our team about these.