If your pet gets parasites it’s not just them that will suffer, but you and your family too.
Unfortunately, pets are susceptible to a number of internal and external parasites that can cause them to feel unwell. However, the really bad news is that if your companion gets a parasitic infestation, you and your family are at risk too.
For the long-term health and wellbeing of your pet and your family, it is essential that you routinely use proven, preventative treatments against the most common parasites throughout your pet’s life. Remember that prevention is much easier and cost effective than cure.
To determine the level of parasite treatment your pet needs, we will work with you to carry out a risk assessment based on your pet’s lifestyle and behaviour.
Fleas are the most common type of parasite to affect household pets. As well as causing discomfort for animals and humans alike (they survive by drinking warm blood), they can have up to 50 offspring each day, making them extremely difficult to get rid of.
In most cases, sore itchy spots caused by flea ‘bites’ are the worst damage these pesky parasites will cause. However, rabbits and particularly young or old animals are at risk of developing anaemia, and in extreme cases this can be fatal if their infestation is not managed.
“Not all flea and worm treatments are suitable for all animals, so make sure you speak with a member of our friendly team when choosing the best product for your pet.”
Ginge Eville – Receptionist
To make matters worse, fleas often carry tape worm eggs which could go on to cause further problems for your pet if they ingest them.
Worms survive in an animal’s gut. Worms can cause sickness and diarrhoea, and weight loss despite a healthy appetite. They can also be visible (some look like wriggling grains of rice) in your pet’s faeces and vomit.
As well as the fact that worms can be passed from animal-to-animal and animal-to-human (especially children), there are a number of different types of worms. It is therefore extremely important you are treating your companion for parasites regularly to ensure that you and your family are safeguarded.
Protecting Your Pet From Ticks
Ticks are a common parasite that can affect pets, and at Chapel House Vets, we urge pet owners to be aware of the risks associated with tick bites and to take steps to prevent them.
Ticks can transmit diseases to pets, including Lyme disease. These diseases can cause serious health problems for pets, and in some cases, can even be fatal. Therefore, it is important to take preventative measures to protect your pets from tick bites.
Here are some tips for tick prevention in pets:
Use a tick preventative treatment - There are many different tick preventative products available, including spot-on treatments, collars, and oral medications. These treatments work by killing ticks before they have a chance to bite and can be a highly effective preventative measure.
Check your pet for ticks regularly - After spending time outside, be sure to thoroughly check your pet for ticks. Ticks can attach anywhere on the body, but are most commonly found around the head, ears, neck, and feet. If you find a tick, use tweezers to carefully remove it, making sure to get the entire tick and avoiding crushing it.
Keep your garden tidy - Ticks thrive in tall grass and other vegetation, so keeping your garden well-maintained and mowed can help to reduce the tick population.
Avoid walking in wooded or brushy areas - These are high-risk areas for ticks, and avoiding them can help reduce the risk of tick bites.
Talk to your vet - Your vet can provide guidance on tick preventative products and offer recommendations based on your pet's individual needs.
By following these tips and taking preventative measures, you can help protect your pets from the risks associated with tick bites. If you have any concerns or questions about tick prevention for your pet, be sure to call Chapel House Vets today.
Spread the cost of essential healthcare for your pet
To spread the cost of routine worming and flea treatment for your pet, Chapel House Vets offer the Pet for Life Health plan, which includes parasite control for your pet.
More information about prevention for cats & dogs
Frequently Asked Questions:
What happens to my pet if they don't have flea and worm treatment?
When it comes to worm treatment, there may be severe consequences if ignored. Depending on the type of worm your pet can experience irritation such as intestinal blockages, obstruction of blood flow in the heart, artery inflammation, anaemia, and even death if left untreated.
Can you get combined flea and worm treatment for pets?
There are combined flea and worm treatments you can get for your pets, also known as an all-in-one flea and wormer. However, it's always best to consult your veterinary practice as these treatments don't cover some types of worms. Your pet may also have complications that combined treatments don't cover.
How often does my pet need flea and worm treatment?
Once every month, you should treat your pet for fleas, and every two to three months, or even more frequently, for worms. Depending on your pet's lifestyle, talk to your vet about the best course of action.
How long should I wait between worming and flea treatments?
Many people wonder if they can treat their cats for fleas and worms at the same time or how long they should leave between treatments. Depending on the two treatments being administered you may need to wait either 48 hours or two weeks between treatments. Please ask your vet when picking up your flea and worm treatment how to apply the two treatments most effectively and safely.
Do indoor cats need flea and worm treatment?
Every cat, even indoor cats, need regular flea and worm preventative treatments. It is a common misconception that an exclusively indoor cat does not need these treatments – this is not true at all. Fleas commonly travel on clothes and bags and so may be brought into the house at any time. A cat could even pick up fleas during a trip to a vet, especially where other pets may not have been treated.
Does my rabbit need flea and worm treatment?
You must consistently employ effective, preventative medicines against the most prevalent parasites throughout the lifespan of your rabbit to ensure their wellbeing and long-term health, as well as that of your family and Rabbits. Keep in mind that prevention is much simpler and less expensive than treatment. Rabbits also suffer from several other parasites and conditions, such as Mites, Flystrike, and E. cuniculi.