Parasite Control

We advise regular parasite control for pets as even ‘indoor’ pets can pick up a variety of parasites from the environment. Dogs that scavenge or drink from outside water sources and cats that hunt are at additional risk so protection is advised.

Our Healthy Pet Club (HPC) includes complete parasite control, in addition to other great benefits. Click here to learn more about HPC.
 

Worms

There are several types of worm that pets need to be protected from:
Roundworms
 
  • There are many examples, with some being potentially dangerous to humans, especially children.
  • Puppies are usually born with roundworms; both kittens and puppies can be infected via their mothers milk.
  • Pets are infected by swallowing eggs from the environment or through hunting
  • Symptoms include:
    • pot belly
    • poor coat quality
    • diarrhoea
    • poor growth
    • sometimes there are no external signs!

Lungworm

  • This worm can cause a range of problems from bleeding disorders to breathing difficulties in dogs.
  • This parasite lives in the heart and lungs and can be rapidly fatal.
  • Infection is via ingestion of infected slugs and snails including their slime.
  • Symptoms vary, and can be very subtle, but they include:
    • Coughing
    • Exercise intolerance
    • Bleeding from small wounds, or internally - much like rat bait poisoning
    • weight loss
  • Monthly prevention is recommended, this is simply done so please speak to your local Nine Mile Vet about the best prevention.
  • Dogs can make a full recovery if this serious condition is treated in time. 
Tapeworm
 
  • These worms can grow to incredible lengths in the gut of your pet.
  • Effective flea control helps control tapeworm as this is the main way they are spread.
  • There are often no symptoms of this worm.
  • We recommend treating your cat or dog every 6 months for this parasite, more often for hunting cats.
 
Hookworm
  • Dogs catch this worm from usually accidental ingestion of fox faeces but it can also invade via the feet.
  • The parasite lives in the gut and feeds on your dog's blood.
  • Symptoms include:
    • Diarrhoea
    • Anaemia
    • Weakness
    • Poor appetite
 

Fleas

  • Flea bites can cause dogs and cats to develop a sensitivity reaction to flea saliva which can lead to itching, hair loss and sore skin. 
  • Flea larvae, eggs and pupae also become established in large numbers in the home and allow reinfestation of your pet.  A staggering 95% of the flea population lives in the environment with only 5% on your pet.
  • Fleas can bite you and your family.
  • To prevent re-infestation. it is vital that fleas and their life-stages are killed in the home as well as on the pet.
  • Effective flea control should prevent the fleas biting in the first place and Nine Mile vets recommend a monthly spot-on containing imidacloprid which kills fleas before they bite your pet.
  • Please call your local Nine Mile Vet clinic today to discuss your pet’s individual requirements and to discuss ways to manage fleas in the home.  We have treatments to suit many budgets and situations.

 Ticks

  • Ticks attach to dogs and cats as they walk through the long grass where they usually live.
  • They attach to the host's skin and suck their blood for three days before dropping off
  • Tick bites can cause a local reaction, which can be painful, they also carry serious blood-borne infections such as Lyme disease.
  • Ticks from overseas carry Ehrlichiosis and Babesia, and therefore it is highly recommended that effective control of ticks is instigated in all traveling pets
  • Ticks can be killed and prevented using a variety of products. Call your Nine Mile vet today to find out the best product for your situation.  The products effective against ticks are only available on prescription from your vet.
  • Ticks should be carefully removed using a tick remover.  These are cheap, effective little devices which are readily available at our practices, they give you best chance of removing a tick completely without leaving it's mouth parts in your pet.  Tick mouthparts can cause local reactions known as tick granulomas.
  • For a demonstration of how to use these devices, do ask at reception.
Nine Mile vets recommend treating dogs and cats monthly with a spot-on containing imidacloprid and moxidectin. This kills lungworm, roundworms, hookworm, heartworm (not currently found in the UK) mange mites, ear mites, lice and fleas. It is the only licensed preventative for lungworm.
 
Tapeworm is controlled with a product containing praziquantel every 3-6 months

Our vets and nurses will be able to discuss other options for effective parasite control and can advise on individual control plans to suit you and your pet. Please call your local Nine Mile Vet clinic today to discuss your pet’s individual requirements.

Our Healthy Pet Club (HPC) includes complete parasite control, in addition to other great benefits.

 

 

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