It’s essential that all pets are given regular flea and worming treatments
We want all the pets entrusted us to enjoy a high-quality of life, that’s why we always make sure they’re treated against fleas and worms.
A worm infestation can go unnoticed until fatal symptoms begin to appear, whilst fleas won’t just irritate your pet – they can also affect you and your family.
As well as administering treatments, we can also identify any current infections and share advice on the best options for products you can administer to your pet at home.
To test your pet for fleas, groom them with a fine-toothed comb over a damp piece of white tissue (any fleas or eggs will be deposited on to the tissue). The best way to prevent your pet from developing a flea problem in the first place is to treat them regularly from an early age.
It’s important to remember that not all flea treatments are suitable for all animals, so we recommend you speak to one of our nurses first. They can inform you which option is best suited to your furry friend based on their species, breed and age.
There are several different types of worms which could infect your pet, but general symptoms include weight loss, increased appetite, sickness and diarrhoea.
There is a new parasite in Sussex called Angiostrongylus vasorum, which infects dogs and foxes, and is transmitted via slugs and snails. This is now the most important parasite I advise my dog owners about. As well as causing heart damage, lung damage, and internal bleeding, it is also capable of being fatal. We recommend monthly preventative treatments with Prinovox, and either treating or testing all dogs for this disease before any surgery involving an incision.
Because young animals can be born with certain types of worm passed on to them by their mothers, you should give them worming treatments from a very young age. This will eliminate existing worms and prevent problems in the future.
Remember that not all worm treatments are suitable for every animal. It’s best to speak to one of our experienced nurses about which treatment is appropriate for your pet’s species, breed, size and age. Even rabbits require an oral treatment every six months to keep them safe from intestinal, bladder and brain parasites.
Since worms can be also be transferred to humans, always enforce hand washing before every meal and regularly clean your pet’s food, water bowls and bedding.
Fly strike for rabbits
As the weather continues to warm up during the summer months, your rabbit becomes ever more susceptible to fly strike – a devastating and potentially life-threatening condition caused by flies laying eggs in a rabbit’s damp or soiled fur.
Lots of people are tempted to use spot-on cat or dog flea treatments on their rabbits, to try and prevent fly strike – please don’t ever do this. It can be harmful and isn’t effective.
Instead, use an insect repellent directly on your rabbit (we’ll advise you on which option is best).
Protect your pet from life-threatening conditions, call 01444 456886 to speak to one our team
Life Begins At 7!
Our Life Begins At 7 club is a regular six-monthly screening programme for pets aged 7 or over. At your pet’s annual vaccination appointment and six months later, our team will screen your pet for the above problems.
As our pets get older, their bodies slowly stop working as well as they used to. Regular check ups can ensure that any problems are detected early and treated sooner.