Flea & Worming

Fleas

Fleas are the most common parasite in cats and dogs. They are not just an inconvenience, their saliva is considered one of the most allergic substances on earth and can cause a nasty skin disease in pets called Flea Allergic Dermatitis or FAD.

A female flea can lay as many as 2000 eggs in her life time which drop off your pet as it walks around, causing a home infestation. It is important to use regular flea treatment for your pets as it is much easier to prevent flea infestations than it is to treat them!


Flea Life Cycle

How often does my pet need flea treatment?

There are many different flea products that we offer so it is best to discuss this with one of our veterinary surgeons who can advise you on the best product to suit you and your pets’ needs.

Worms

Worms found in the UK can cause serious illness in pets. It is important to treat pets regularly for worms, as worms carried by cats and dogs do pose a health risk not just to your pet but to your family.

Main types of worms found in the UK:
Roundworm
Tapeworm

Other types of worms that can be found in the UK but mainly in Europe:
Hookworm
Heartworm
Whipworm

How can I tell if my pet has worms?

  • Visible worms or eggs in faecal matter – This is the most common way to tell, however not all kinds of worms are visible to the naked eye.
  • Visible worms in fur – In particular, tapeworms may appear as small, moving segments, which later dry out to resemble grains of rice.
  • Vomiting with visible worms – Worms may cause pets to vomit.
  • Bloated stomach – This is another common symptom of worms, often seen in puppies who receive worms from their mother.
  • Weakness, increased appetite, constant hunger, weight loss
  • Diarrhoea – Particularly with blood in it.

Please note – The above can be symptoms of worms but can also be symptoms of other underlying illnesses. If you have any concern at all, contact us to make an appointment with your veterinary surgeon.

If you would like us to supply a prescription flea or worming product, but your pet has not been seen for over 12 months, we offer a free health check*.

*The consultation is free, provided that your pet does not have any current health issues that need addressing at the time of the consultation. If this is the case, our standard consultation fee will apply. Any vaccinations, treatment or products will be charged at normal price.