How does my pet get fleas or worms?
In the UK hundreds of animals are treated for fleas and worms each year. It is very common for your pet to experience fleas or worms because easily they are transmitted. Your pet can pick up fleas and worms in numerous ways. The most frequent way is from one animal to another. Fleas are especially hard to spot in a pet's skin they are often mistaken for dirt. If your pet comes into contact with another animal, for example, a dog walk, the fleas will jump from one animal to the next. One flea doesn’t sound too bad, does it? Once this one flea has fed on your pet's blood they will lay eggs. One flea has been known to lay up to 50 eggs in one day. Once they have hatched you then have an infestation which will then spread through the fabrics and soft furnishing in your homes. Worms are very similar; your pets can catch worms through other animals’ feces or from coming into contact with slugs or snails.
Is there minimum age where I can get them treated?
It is better for your pet and your family if you use treatment to prevent fleas and worms instead of as a solution once they are infected. It is common practice in the UK for puppies and kittens to have their first dose of flea and worming treatment at the age of 6-8 weeks. 6-8 weeks is a guideline if a puppy or kitten is heavily infested with fleas or worms there are treatments that can be given to help get rid of them. Of course, this age again can vary as some treatments have a minimum weight requirement. Our veterinary surgeons have a breadth of knowledge and are well experienced to know what types of fleas and worming treatment are beneficial to your pet.
How will my pet be treated?
There are many different flea and worming treatment courses out veterinary surgeons can prescribe for your pet. No treatment will be prescribed until the vet has examined your pet to determine which is the right course of treatment. The vet can prescribe spot on’s which are given every 4 weeks and are to be applied directly on the skin on the back of the neck. Flea tablets which again are to be given every four weeks. Another form of flea treatment is flea and tick collars, for the collars to work effectively it is advised that you use these for up to 8 months. When we prescribe flea treatment, we usually combine this with worm and tick treatment to give your pet full protection.
Will I need to repeat this process?
Flea and worming treatments aren’t a one-time use, and all the parasites are gone. Together with the Veterinary surgeons they will discuss and formulate a plan specific to your pet. Many of the prescribed medications such as tablets and spot on’s will be issued every 4 weeks.
Contact Blythwood Vets
If you are in need of flea and worm treatments Middlesex get in contact with the lovely team at Blythwood vets today to book an appointment