Worming

Regular worming is necessary to control infestations, and keep your pets and your family safe.

What are worms?

Worms are parasites found within the gut of your cat or dog. Roundworms look like pieces of string. Tapeworms are long and flat with segments, which look like grains of rice.
They can occasionally be seen on the hair around the bottom. Worm eggs remain infective in the environment for years.

What happens if my dog gets worms?

Heavy infestation can result in vomiting and diarrhoea, and cause a loss of weight, blood and condition. Worms weaken the immune system, making it more susceptible to infection.
Even if dogs show no external signs of infestation, they can still be a source of infection to others, including humans.

What happens if my cat gets worms?

With mild infestation, your cat may still appear healthy, but heavy infestation will cause vomiting and diarrhoea, weight loss and weaken their immune system, making them more susceptible to infection.

How can I control the problem?

Choose a wormer that suits your needs and your pet’s lifestyle. There are a number of different wormers available, so call our surgery for advice. Some treatments are combined with flea preparations, providing an all-in-one treatment.

 

Flea control

Almost all cats and dogs can pick up fleas. Fleas are present all year round, and are a health hazard to you and your pets.

How do fleas affect my pet?

As well as causing discomfort and irritation, many pets suffer intense itchiness and even severe self-inflicted trauma. Fleas can also be responsible for transmitting some tapeworms to our pets.

How do I control fleas?

It is important to seek veterinary advice, so contact our surgery.
It is virtually impossible to prevent your pet coming into contact with fleas.
Regular treatment is necessary, not only to control the problem, but also to prevent a build-up within the home.
Where there has been a lapse in flea treatment, it is important to treat the home environment.

What treatments are available?

Spot on applications. These are applied onto the skin in the beck region and kill fleas. Some of these preparations can also treat worms.
By mouth. Preparations can be given monthly to sterilise fleas. Others are available to kill fleas. Some of these preparations are combined with effective wormers.