An Overview of Parasites

 

We have a large range of highly effective external and internal parasite treatments. We will happily advise you on the best combinations of therapies for your situation and inform you of our Health Care Plan.

FLEAS

Fleas are common. The commonest of them is the cat flea. They are easy to kill but because they occur so commonly they cannot be eradicated. They will bite people if they have to but do prefer animals!

Fleas lay their eggs on the host dog or cat but these eggs roll off the host into the environment and therefore any areas the pets go to can become a haven for fleas. The vast majority of a fleaʼs life cycle is spent off the host animal so environmental treatment is usually required as well as on-the-pet treatment.

There are a number of products used to control fleas. We have a selection of the very best available for you. Houses infested with fleas need treating too and we have reliable and effective treatments for households.

TICKS AND LICE

Ticks are becoming more and more common, (possibly associated with global warming). They carry nasty diseases and are now a serious threat to your pet’s health. They also carry diseases which can be transmitted to you! We have the best treatment available and our Health Care Plan emphasises the new and growing threats from Ticks.

MANGE

Mange; otherwise known as “fox mange” or more correctly Sarcoptic Mange – this is becoming more common as the urbanisation of foxes becomes more established. Dogs are affected, not cats. Intense irritation is caused. The commoner flea preparations do not kill mange but if we or indeed you suspect mange we have the very best products available for your pets.
Sarcoptic Mange can be transmitted to humans it is a zoonosis.

EAR MITES

Ear mites cause ear irritation and excess wax. Probably more common in cats than dogs, but will affect both. We will check for these at vaccine time and supply treatment if necessary.

LUNG WORM

Lung worm is becoming more common. The lung worm has a complex life cycle involving slugs and snails and dogs are becoming infected in this area. Diagnosis requires blood testing and/or faecal sampling, but we have available the accepted treatment and prevention for lungworm and will supply you with Advocate or Milbemax as advised. Via our Health Care Plan, we are pushing Lungworm control because of it’s obvious and increasing danger.

ROUNDWORMS

Roundworms are common in young dogs and cats, increasingly less common as our pets get older. It is vital to treat puppies and kittens frequently when they are young. We will advise and supply all you need as we vaccinate your youngsters.
Toxocara Canis is the most common roundworm of dogs (especially puppies) and is a Zoonosis (a disease communicable to humans). Worming is a must, plus hand hygiene when handling young cats and dogs.

TAPEWORMS

Tapeworms the more common worm of adult cats and dogs. Unpleasant nasty things with one or two having Zoonotic implications and they should be killed by regular and frequent worming. We currently recommend 3 monthly worming.

TOXOPLASMOSIS

Toxoplasmosis – is a protozoal infection of cats. It has zoonotic implications and this is the reason why pregnant women should not handle cat litter trays or faeces and if they have to should wear gloves and exercise stringent hand hygiene.
Please phone us for any further information – we will be delighted to advise you and offer the very best treatment for all of your pets parasite problems.

Our veterinarians are all experienced general practitioners with a broad knowledge and
understanding of animal health, illness and injury.

Becci and Harley Evans

To Alan, Fraser and Staff

Big thanks for all your help with making Harley Better. It has been a long road but I think were finally there.

Take Care

Debbie Nuttall

Just a little thank you for trying so hard for Big Tom.

He had a good life with me, extra time if I hadn’t taken him in.

Such a lovely kindly cat

Thank you again

Bennet Zoo

Dear Alan

Just a note to say a huge thank you for taking care of Olli and for sparing me a long and agonising wait, it was very much appreciated.