Parasite Control for your Pet

It is important to protect your pets from parasites. Dogs, cats and other animals are susceptible to ectoparasites (fleas, ticks, lice and mites) and endoparasites (worms).

We stock a wide range of spot-ons, tablets and collars to ensure you can protect your pets.

We recommend worming your adult pets every 3 months, and treating for ectoparasites to ensure there are no gaps in cover. Puppies and kittens must be wormed more often than adults until they are 6 months old.

If you are unsure about the best product and regime for your pet, please ask us.

<i>Otodectes cynotis</i> - The ear mite
 

Ectoparasites

Fleas

Fleas are very common in the UK, and are frequently picked up by pets and brought back home. The tapeworm Dipylidium caninum is frequently transmitted via the ingestion of fleas by your pet whilst grooming.

Fleas can develop from egg to adult in 12-28 days depending on heat and humidity, and 95% of the flea population is in the environment, which can make tackling a flea infestation tricky.

It is much easier to prevent an infestation of fleas in your home, than try to rid the house after they have taken hold.

We stock a wide variety of flea control products and can advise you on the best one to use for your pet.

Ticks

Ticks are a particular problem in the UK in spring and autumn but can sometimes be found year-round.

Tick bites frequently cause reactions at the site of the bite and ticks can carry disease. Lyme disease is present in the UK and can cause fever, lameness and inflamed lymph nodes in dogs.

With the introduction of pet passports, many pets now travel to Europe, and there have been numerous cases of exotic ticks and exotic tick-borne disease in dogs. It is becoming more important than ever to protect your pets from ticks.

We stock various products suitable for tick control and can advise you on the most suitable product

Lice and Mites

Ear mites are a common cause of dirty and itchy ears in young animals. Other mites and lice can cause hair loss, itching and debilitation in dogs, cats and other small animals. Certain mites such as sarcoptes (causing sarcoptic mange) and demodectes (causing demodectic mange) can even result in death if left untreated.

If you notice any of these signs or think that your pet may have lice and mites, we can take samples to look at in our lab to confirm the presence of parasites and help us to prescribe the best treatment for your pet.

We have a variety of products which will effectively treat a mite or louse infestation and will be able to prescribe the right treatment for your pet where it is required.

Endoparasites

Tapeworms

Tapeworms are very common in dogs and cats, even if they do not hunt and eat wild animals. One of the most common tapeworms infects dogs and cats through fleas, which means flea and worm control should go hand in hand. Occasionally this worm can also infect people.

Other species of tapeworm in dogs can infect sheep, causing a cyst in the brain and a clinical condition called 'gid'. If you live near livestock, it is important you regularly worm your dog.

There are species of tapeworm in Europe that infect dogs but can also infect humans, causing cysts, in the brain, lungs, heart and liver - this is the reason for the strict worming regime when travelling abroad with your pet.

We stock a variety of wormers and can advise you on the best one to use for your pet.

Roundworms

Roundworms can be present in apparently healthy looking animals, or they can cause diarrhoea and sickness in some animals, and even death in young puppies and kittens.

Roundworms can infect people, most frequently children, and can cause a range of health problems, from stomach cramps through to blindness. For this reason, it is doubly important to ensure your pet and your family is protected from roundworm infection.

We advise worming puppies and kittens from 2 weeks of age, as some roundworms can be passed from mother to offpsring even before birth.

We stock various products suitable for roundworm control, please ask us about the most suitable product.

Lungworm

There are a range of lungworms which can infect dogs and cats in the UK, of most concern is the dog lungworm Angiostrongylus vasorum, which also infects foxes, making prevention of exposure of your dog almost impossible.

To become infected, dogs must consume the intermediate host, a slug or snail, or even the paratenic host, a frog which has previously consumed an infected slug or snail. We advise ensuring your dog's toys and bowls are not left outdoors as small slugs or snails may be accidentally consumed by your pet if they are present on bowls or toys.

We stock a variety of products which will effectively treat or prevent lungworm infection and will be able to offer the right treatment for your pet.