It’s that time of year again when we need to be on guard, ready to protect our pets from problematic parasites.

Protect your pets form problematic parasites

It’s that time of year again when we need to be on guard, ready to protect our pets from problematic parasites!

FACT: Dogs and cats of all ages are susceptible to parasites

The nursing team at Vetsdirect are perfectly placed to advise you all about pesky parasites and help you to ensure that your pet stays happy, healthy and fully protected.

The most common parasites we need to protect our pets against in the UK are fleas, ticks and worms.

Fleas

Fleas aren’t just active in the summer so it’s important to maintain protection at all times of the year. They spend most of their time in the environment and jump on the animal to feed! So when thinking about how best to protect your pet also consider treating the environment e.g. your house! Regularly wash your pets bedding, vacuum around their bed and under nearby furniture.

Signs your pet may have fleas

  • Scratching, hair loss or bald patches
  • Areas of redness or irritation
  • Unexplained bites on yourself
  • Specks of flea dirt in the fur
  • Visible signs of small dark coloured insects in the fur

There are many treatments available to help manage fleas, including spot-on, sprays and collars, tablets and injections. REMEMBER: Never use a dog preparation on a cat and always use the right size treatment option for your pet - they are often worked out by the bodyweight of your pet.

Ticks

Did you know there are over twenty species of tick found in the UK!

Don’t worry though most aren’t interested in you or your pet, however some are! Tick-borne disease represents an on-going and growing risk to dogs and their owners. It’s important to protect your pet against ticks because they can transmit Lyme disease. The use of preventative products which either kill or repel the ticks are beneficial in reducing the time a tick is able to feed on your pet, therefore reducing the risk of infection transmission. It’s thought that the majority of infection transmission from ticks happens after it has been attached to your pet for 24 hours, so regularly checking your pet is an essential part of tick control.

Worms

Worms are parasites that live inside the body. There are many different worms which can infect your dog or cat but the most common are Roundworms and Tapeworms.

Tapeworms can be passed on to your pet by fleas, so regular flea control is an important part of managing tapeworms. Worms are not just unpleasant for your dog or cat but some can be passed onto humans posing a health risk.

Lungworm is a potentially fatal parasite passed onto dogs by slugs and snails. Lungworm is more prevalent in some parts of the UK.  Dogs can become infected by drinking from puddles, playing with toys left out in the garden or through eating grass. Lungworm can make your dog feel very unwell so it’s important to use preventive treatments to help protect them.

Dogs and cats should be regularly wormed throughout their life to prevent against infestations

Keep calm and don’t panic is our message. We are available 24/7 so give us a call for advice about how best to protect your pet from pesky parasites.

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