Quality Flea and Worming Treatments
Protecting your pet and home from fleas
We here at Arbury Road Vets want to help to raise awareness about fleas and worms, the problems they cause, and how owners can protect their pets and homes from them. We offer only the best and most cost effect flea and worming treatments for your pets. So do not hesitate to call us to arrange an appointment, so we can help you help your pets be flea and worm free.
If you own a cat or dog, the chances are you’ll have had to deal with a flea infestation at some point – you are definitely not alone! 1 in 10 dogs and 1 in 5 cats suffer from fleas at any one time (Veterinary Record, 2007).
Fleas not only cause intense itching and scratching, which can result in hair loss, but they can also lead to Tapeworm, Anaemia and some forms of Dermatitis. And if that wasn’t unpleasant enough, most pet owners are shocked to learn that only 5% of fleas are actually on their cat or dog – 95% of fleas are around the home as fleas, eggs and larvae.
Luckily, there are a number of ways you can reduce the chance of your furry friend being plagued with these nasty little critters.
Use a product to kill adult fleas
There are many products that you can administer directly to your cat or dog that provide long-lasting protection against fleas. Please come and see us to find out which product best suits your pet’s needs.
Wash your pet’s bedding
Regularly wash your pet’s bedding at above 60°C to remove any eggs and larvae before they develop into adult fleas.
Regularly vacuum your home
Vacuuming your home on a regular basis will reduce the number of eggs and larvae in your home, helping to control infestations when used in conjunction with good quality household flea preparations.
Follow these simple steps, and hopefully your pets will stay flea-free! and please feel free to call for advice about flea treatments.
Effective worm control — and how to achieve it!
The subject of worms is not a pleasant one! Our pets commonly play host to two major types of worm:-
Roundworms can grow up to 15 cm in length and live in the intestines. Here they shed thousands of tiny eggs per day, which pass out in the faeces and contaminate the environment, where the eggs can survive for years. Dogs and cats are then reinfected by inadvertently eating some of these eggs. The eggs also pose some risk to children if they are unwittingly swallowed.
Tapeworms also live in the intestines and can grow up to 5m in length. They shed small segments containing eggs which pass out in the faeces or which may be found around the tail area. As the segments break down, the eggs may then be eaten by an intermediate host; these include small rodents (such as mice and voles) and fleas. Cats commonly catch and eat small rodents and both cats and dogs swallow fleas as they groom, thus reinfecting themselves with tapeworms.
Keeping your pet and the environment worm free involves three simple steps:
• Clean up faeces
• Worm your pet regularly
• Use regular flea control