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Fleas, ticks, mites and worms can be irritating and harmful to your pet. If left untreated they can even be fatal in some cases. It’s important to treat your pet regularly with a combination of products that are effective against parasites.
Fleas are small, wingless, blood-sucking insects that measure 1-3mm in length. Nearly all dogs and cats will suffer from a flea infestation at some point in their lives.
Symptoms can vary from no signs to; itching, scratching or chewing, especially around their lower back or tail-base. Other symptoms include red skin and hair loss. Closer inspection may reveal small black dots in your pet’s hair which is flea faeces.
In addition to making your pet uncomfortable and itchy, fleas can transmit infectious agents such as tapeworms as well as harmful diseases affecting both humans and animals, e.g. Myxomatosis in rabbits. If your pet is hypersensitive to flea saliva they could suffer an allergic reaction. Flea infestation can cause aneamia, especially in young and debilitated animals.
The answer is year-round veterinary flea treatment. The advantages of veterinary standard products are huge. They are extremely effective at killing fleas and they kill them before they lay their eggs, thus preventing house infestations.
Flea treatment comes in various forms such as a tablet that can be taken orally, a liquid spot-on which goes onto the skin at the back of the neck, and an injection which can be given by a vet. Many products available from pet shops and supermarkets have limited efficacy as these outlets are not licensed to sell veterinary prescription only medications.
Whilst fleas tend to cause a myriad of problems in dogs and cats, mites are often a common problem in rabbits.
Fur Mites cause a thick scurf to form on the skin, patchy hair loss and they can be very itchy; affected rabbits can scratch themselves raw. It is often not possible to identify where the mites came from, but it I often a bad batch of hay or bedding. Also, there is a variation in how sensitive rabbits are to the mite and often one in a group will be very badly affected but the others will be fine.
Ear Mites can cause very severe problems in rabbits. Infestations can be in one or both ears and the main clinical signs are a thick, flakey crust in the ear and a great deal of discomfort.
If your rabbit is showing signs of scratching or itching, please see us for a check-up!
Regular worming will prevent your dog or cat from becoming ill with a worm infection which may result in illnesses such as skin irritations, diarrhoea, vomiting, weight loss and respiratory problems. If left untreated, worm infections can be fatal. Some worms can be transmitted from animals to humans, so it is important to have an effective treatment programme in place.
Endoparasites live within your cat and include roundworms, tapeworms and hookworms.
As a guideline, kittens should be wormed every 2 weeks from 3 weeks of age until 8 weeks of age, then monthly until 6 months of age. Adult cats should be wormed every 3 months, depending on environment.
Endoparasites live within your dog and include roundworms, tapeworms, hookworms and whipworms.
It is almost impossible to stop your dog from coming into contact with worms throughout its life and worms can live within your dog without your knowledge. A regular worming programme will help protect your dog’s health and your family.
Animals can be infected by worms in a variety of ways:
If your pet has worms, you may find worms in their faeces, vomit, or around their bottom. You can wrap these worms up in damp cotton wool and take them to the vet.
Other symptoms include:
We can send you a FREE worming reminder every 3months!
Ash Tree Vets commonly uses a broad-spectrum wormer that offers protection from tapeworm, roundworm, lungworm and heartworm. Prevention is definitely better than cure with only vet strength wormers able to effectively tackle infestation. Many products available from pet shops and supermarkets have limited efficacy as these outlets are not licensed to sell veterinary prescription only medications.
Please contact us and we will be happy to advise you on the best treatment programme for your pet. Products are available that can be used on dogs, cats, ferrets or rabbits. Always read the label and only use a product licensed for the species intended.