For the long-term health and wellbeing of your pet and your family, it is essential that you routinely use proven, preventative treatments against the most common parasites throughout your pet’s life. Remember that prevention is much easier and cost effective than cure.
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.
Treating your pet with our vet recommended treatment plan will effectively kill fleas and disrupt their life cycle.
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 Gower Vets 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 at parks local to Gower Vets in Upper Killay.
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?
At Gower Veterinary Surgery, our Pet Care Plan, is a convenient and affordable way to protect against preventable diseases and discomfort by ensuring your pet’s essential routine treatments and vaccinations are all up to date from as little as £5.25 per month, with plans for dogs, cats and rabbits.
FAQs for Fleas & Worming your Pets
How often should I worm my puppy/kitten?
Both puppies and kittens can have worms passed to them from their mum. Many of these worms will lie dormant in the lining of the intestine and hatch periodically. We recommend worming every two weeks.
How regular are flea treatments for cats and dogs required?
This depends on which product is prescribed by your vet; usually, a bespoke plan is made that will best suit you and your pet. Most products are applied every four weeks; this is usually in liquid form and is placed onto the skin at the back of the neck or a tablet. However, there are other product types; we would advise speaking to your vet to create a plan of flea treatments for dogs and cats to suit you and your pet's lifestyle.
What is the best flea treatment for dogs and cats?
There are many products available as well as new products emerging each year. We are here to help with selecting the best-suited protection for you and your pet. We have the most up to date advice and treatments available. We only dispense prescription flea treatments. These are safer and more effective than over the counter treatments and are often combined to tackle other parasites in one medication.
Under UK law, only veterinary surgeons can prescribe prescription medications (POM-V) and a vet is required to health assess a pet before prescribing them. For flea and worm treatments, vets usually require a health check every 12 months, which can fall under your pet's annual booster health check. Please note other classes of medications vary with the frequency of health checks required.
Types of flea treatments for cats and dogs:
We would recommend a bespoke worm/flea treatment plan to fit you and your pet's lifestyle and health status. You can contact us today if you wish to discuss treatments. These are included on our pet health plans and this can be broken down into affordable monthly costs.
- Spot on's – these treatments are usually given every four weeks. They need to be applied to the skin by parting the fur on the back of the neck. They can treat fleas, eggs and the flea cycle, but most treatments we recommend combine wormer, flea and tick treatments.
- Flea tablets – these are tablet forms and are usually given every four weeks.
- Flea/tick collars – these usually last for eight months and can protect against fleas and ticks.
We can also demonstrate the application of a spot-on treatment or how to give a tablet during a consultation. You can ask us during your consultation or contact us today to book a nurse appointment.
Can I get flea and worming from non-veterinary suppliers?
Yes, many of the pharmacies provide these treatments however, we would advise caution here as safety of all treatments are based on healthy animals and suitability for your animal should always be checked with your veterinary surgeon.