When it comes to parasites with cats and dogs, it’s important you treat your pet regularly – to help prevent diseases spreading and discomfort for your pet. Ignoring the problem will only make things worse, and may end up affecting not just your pet, but your home too.
Pets can catch fleas, ticks, scabies and ear mites simply through being near other pets, or by passing through high risk areas when out and about, such as the long grass out in the countryside.
Fleas are one of the most common external parasites in pets and are the cause of many skin problems. Although you may only see fleas on your pet, they are continually shedding eggs in your home and can lead to a home flea infestation. Flea bites to you and your family can be costly and complicated to treat. Did you know the adult flea can stay in its cocoon for up to 6 months before it emerges?
Although fleas are small, they can make your pet miserable. Once on your pet, fleas can bite every 5 minutes leaving your cat or dog itchy and uncomfortable. You only need to bring one flea inside your home to start an infestation. One female flea can produce enough eggs to quickly escalate the problem in your home.
Fleas live on a variety of animals such rabbits and hedgehogs, as well as cats and dogs. When your pet is outdoors, fleas from the eggs left behind by other animals can jump on your pet. Once on your pet, they feed on his or her blood and start laying eggs.
How to tell if your cat or dog has fleas:
- Bite marks
- Excessive scratching
- Hair loss
- Itchy bite marks on your own skin
- Tiny black specks in pet’s fur
- Scurrying insects on carpets, furniture or clothes
Studies show that for every 10 fleas on your pet, there could be as many as 100 eggs in your home. And because eggs can lie dormant for months, you need to treat your cat or dog for fleas all year round
Best flea treatment for cats and dogs
There are a variety of flea treatments available for your cat, dog and your home – we offer tailored worm and flea treatment for cats and dogs that suit you and your pet’s individual needs. We strongly recommend that cats and dogs of all ages are routinely treated against common parasites.
We can offer treatments which help control fleas, ticks, mites, lungworm and roundworms all in one – helping to prevent a wide range of diseases.
Cat and dog parasite control
A flea infection can also act as a gateway to other, more serious infections. Flea larvae can become infected with tapeworm eggs, which your pet can easily ingest. That’s why regular worming is just as important as routine flea treatment. With so many worming products to choose from, it can be difficult to decide on an appropriate course of worm treatment for your cat or dog. Vet4life can advise on a solution that’s as safe, as it is effective.
There are various worms that can infect your pets, and they can pose a threat to your family. Worms that target pets include roundworms, hookworms, lungworms, and tapeworms, and they are prolific across the United Kingdom. Certain worm can produce more than 100,000 eggs per day, which are then passed in the pet’s faeces and spread throughout their living environment.
Your family can accidentally ingest worm eggs that have been passed through your pet’s faeces. The eggs can then hatch in your intestinal tract, and the worms can travel to various tissues in the body, including the eyes and brain, potentially causing serious infections.
Worms are a year-round threat and the only way to keep your pet and family safe is through proactive actions to get the best products. Lungworm, which is passed on by slugs and snails, is potentially fatal and many over the counter products do not tackle this worrying parasite.
Please be aware that many products available elsewhere other than sold at Vet4Life may be ineffective at treating all the species of worms and fleas your pet could get. There are many ranges of worming treatments available including tablets, liquids, granules and spot-ons.
Hazards in our local community
Fleas, worms and other parasites can be caught in local areas.
Parks are a breeding ground for parasites, especially in the warmer months from April to October. As a pet owner, you do not want to deprive your beloved pet of the chance to make friends, and you certainly do not want to limit the opportunity to be outside. But, if it seems like all the other pets are itching, scratching and playing with slugs and other parasite carriers, what is a pet owner to do?
The vets at Vet4Life recommended being proactive before enjoying your local community. As a well-respected vet in the South East of England our team at Vet4Life provides outstanding patient and client care within our friendly and professional environment.
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