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Worming and fleas

Worming and fleas

Regular worming and flea treatment are essential for keeping your pet happy and healthy.

Worming

The European Scientific Counsel for Companion Animal Parasites (ESCCAP) recommends that dogs and cats are wormed every three months – at least four times a year.

However, younger dogs and those whose lifestyles makes them more vulnerable to infection – such as dogs or cats that hunt or live with young families – may need more regular worming.

Various medications are available depending on whether you find it easy to give your pet tablets or not. Our vets and nurses will be able to advise you on this.

Flea treatment

Your pets can pick up fleas from anywhere another infested animal has been, or even if a flea is brought in by a human or another pet. An adult flea can lay 50 eggs a day, which fall into the environment around them.

Once you have a flea infestation it can take up to three months to get it under control. Only five per cent of the flea problem is on your pet and 95 per cent is in the environment in the form of eggs, larvae and pupae. Once you have an infestation, the pet and the environment will all need to be treated.

Using regular flea treatment can prevent an infestation and we have various treatment options available. Our vets and nurses will be able to advise you on what is best for your pet.

There are many products available online and from pet shops and supermarkets, but these may not be as effective as the products only licensed to be prescribed by a vet.

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