As the weather warms up, we start to see more parasite problems for all sorts of pets.
Here are some of the more common parasites we come across, as well as some information on the problems they cause and how to get rid of them.
Fleas are relatively easy to spot, and if not, your pet will let you know! Look out for these clues:
- Your pet might constantly be scratching or chewing and become quite irritable.
- You might notice red, sore-looking bumps or blisters on your pet’s skin.
- If you look close enough, you might see ‘flea dirt’ – this is a flea waste product that looks like tiny little flecks of pepper.
- Sometimes, you can even see the fleas moving around themselves – tiny little brown or black wingless insects, with an incredible jump!
Flea bites are not only uncomfortable and frustrating for your pets, but they can also lead to serious wound infections, anaemia, tapeworms, and dermatitis.
Dogs, cats, rodents. and birds make for easy targets and tasty snacks for mosquitoes. While the mosquito bite itself is more annoying than threatening, mosquitoes can spread heartworm and other potentially fatal parasites to your pets.
We recommend making sure there is no stagnant or still water around the backyard – this is where mosquito larvae grow. If possible, bring your pets indoors between dusk and dawn, or make sure they have a safe, meshed area to sleep in. Pet safe mosquito and insect repellents are available that may be used. Speak to us if you have any concerns about mozzies in your area.
Many different worms can affect our pets! Some species are not exclusive to cats and dogs, but rodents, birds, and reptiles too. Some more common worms are roundworm, hookworm, tapeworm, whipworm and heartworm.
Symptoms associated with worm infestations can include:
- Bloody stools
- Weight loss
- Visible worms – either in stools or around the anus
- Lung disease
How do you treat parasites?
Prevention is the best cure – by administering regular preventatives which are available in various forms and combinations with other parasite control products.
Between 1 September and 31 October, visit our clinic to take advantage of some fantastic opportunities to save on parasite prevention, and receive bonus gifts!
- Every triple pack purchase of NEXGARD SPECTRA (Cat or Dog) in Sept & Oct will receive a FREE deck of NexGard Spectra memory game cards*
*While stocks last
Visit our clinic and ask our team for advice on the best parasite preventative for your pet. If your pet is unwell, please book a consultation.