Dogs and Cats are both susceptible to round and tape worms. Round worms can cause problems in humans, especially to young children, and so a good worming program is vital. We recommend worming every month, depending on your pets lifestyle, with an all-in-one wormer or a combined flea treatment and wormer which the surgery supplies.
Warm summers and centrally heated winters mean that fleas are now a year round problem. Treatment can be frustrating with the wrong products. Please come and discuss your needs with us and we can recommend the most effective products for you.
The larvae of these worms are carried by slugs and snails and can be accidentally ingested by dogs whilst licking or eating grass. The disease appears to be most common in young dogs and is very often fatal. Signs vary from coughing and breathing problems, to bleeding and neurological problems. This is rarely seen in cats.
Ticks are not only a nuisance and an irritation to your pet but they can also, in some instances, transmit diseases. Ticks are generally found in grassland, scrubs, shrubs and low-hanging branches waiting for animals to brush against them so they can climb on board. The tick then burrows its head into the skin to suck a blood meal and become engorged. At this point they look like silvery grey or brown bubbles or wart like lesions. The commonest problem associated with ticks is the sores and secondary infections at the site of attachment. Please contact the surgery if you think your pet may have a tick as they should not be pulled off. If you pull them off, it may leave the head behind and this process can increase the risk of disease transmission from the tick.
These mites are found in the ear canal and, occasionally, adjacent skin of the head. The mites cause irritation of the lining of the ear canal which then becomes full of a crusty black discharge. It can cause head shaking, scratching of the ears and secondary infections.