Protecting your pet from fleas and worms is an important part of pet ownership, and should be carried out on a regular basis. Not only can protecting your pet ensure they stay happy and healthy – it can also stop horrible creepy crawlies from making your house their home!
What are fleas?
Fleas are a type of external parasite which are blood sucking. They have mouthparts which are adapted for piercing the skin and sucking blood from their host. A flea can live from 14 days up to one year – so it is important to always regularly treat both your pet and your home. Up to 95% of fleas live in the environment on sofas, beds, rugs and carpets – so it is essential to treat your home too.
How do I treat my pet for fleas?
There are many different brands of flea treatment and some can be purchased from pet stores. These however are of a weaker strength to the ones that we would prescribe your animal.
An easy spot on treatment is the most common form of flea treatment which would involve you administering a few drops from a pipette onto the scruff of your animal.
How often do I need to treat for fleas?
You should treat for fleas on average between every month. Even if you do not suspect that your pet has fleas by treating them you can prevent them from contracting any.
Signs to look out for
• Is your pet scratching?
• Can you see any tiny brown spots on the fur? Or any tiny crawling creatures?
• Do you yourself have any unexplained insect bites?
If you have answered yes to any of these questions then your pet could have fleas – book an appointment to see one of our vets today!
Why do I need to treat my pet for worms?
Healthy looking animals can carry worms – so it is important to maintain a regular worming schedule to ensure your pet is kept worm free. Worms can cause suffering, illness and even death. Some types of worms can be spread between pets and people and can cause diseases.
Common types of worm that your pet can be treated against
Signs to look out for
• You may see worms in faeces or vomit, or around your pet’s bottom.
• Your pet starts losing weight.
• Their fur becoming dry and coarse, increased appetite, weakness and diarrhoea.
• In severe cases, infected puppies and kittens can have a distended abdomen or ‘pot belly’
The vets and nurses here at Alcombe veterinary surgery can create a worming programme suited to your pets lifestyle. The prescription that will be given to you is calculated via your pets weight, so it is important to have your pet weighed every few months.
If you have any questions please give us a call or visit us in one of our branches.
Written by Charlie Parsley – Animal Nursing assistant