Fleas make your pet itch, causing discomfort and in some cases lead to an allergic reaction (flea allergic dermatitis) which can develop into a severe skin condition. Fleas also bite people.
Advice will be given regarding flea control for your pet at the annual vaccination appointment but please contact our reception team if you require advice at any other time of the year.
Members of our Health Plus Plan receive discounts on products for routine flea prevention. The reception team can give information about joining the scheme.
A flea infestation can seemingly explode out of nowhere:
Treating an infestation
It is important to treat all animals in the household, with a product that kills all stages of the flea life-cycle. It is also important to treat the environment with a suitable product. Pet bedding should be washed at 60°C.
Routine flea prevention
From the many products available, we generally recommend a monthly tablet for dogs and a six-monthly injection for cats for year round flea prevention. Some pets and households may have different requirements, which is why we recommend discussing flea control during a consultation.
Combined flea and tick prevention for dogs
We also now have an excellent product to prevent ticks which is active for 3 months following a single tablet. This product is also very effective against fleas.
Where do worms come from?
Often pets show no symptoms when they are infected with worms, occasionally worms can be seen in stools or vomit. Some types of worm can spread between pets and people and cause disease in people. Therefore it is very important to have an effective worm control program in place.
We recommend worming all puppies at their first vaccination and at that time putting in place an ongoing worm control program. Monthly worming is required to completely eradicate shedding of worms from dogs into the environment. There is a vast array of worming product available. We generally recommend a combined monthly flea and worm tablet, but it is best to discuss your pet’s specific needs at a vaccination consultation to ensure the most appropriate product is dispensed.
We recommend worming all kittens at their first vaccination and at that time putting in place an ongoing worm control program. Cats that hunt are particularly at risk of tapeworm infection, which they get following ingestion of infected prey, or infected fleas. When cats are infected with tape worm, actual segments of the worm, which resemble grains of rice, can often be seen on the fur around the cat’s bottom. It is best to discuss your pet’s specific needs at a vaccination appointment to ensure you receive the most appropriate product.
Members of our Health Plus Plan receive discounts on worming products. Please ask at reception about joining the scheme.