What are fleas and worms?
Fleas and worms are the UK's most common parasites in animals. They feed off your pet’s blood and then they will lay eggs and repeat the process. This can be very uncomfortable for your pet causing them a lot of irritation. Although parasites are very common, Blythwood vets treat hundreds of pets each year suffering from parasites, the best cure for fleas and worms is prevention. For the health and wellbeing of not only your pet but for your family using preventive flea and worm treatments will keep your pet happier and healthier.
Fleas can be one of the contributors to why your pet is suffering from skin conditions. Fleas irritate the skin as when they bite into the pet’s skin the fleas deposit a small amount of saliva into the pet’s skin. This is what causes the itching sensation in the pet’s skin. You will be able to spot if your pet has fleas in a number of different ways. You may notice your pet is itching more, you can see visible red sore patches of skin, or you may see brown/black spots in their coat. By using a flea comb you can extract the spot to see if it is dirt or if it is a flea.
Worms can pose as much threat to your pet as they can do to your family. If you suspect your pet has worm’s you must take them to the vet and start a flea and worm treatment plan immediately. Worms can be a little harder to spot you may see a shift in your pet’s behavior, for example, your pet may be begging for more food appear hungrier but are in fact losing weight rapidly. You can also see worms within your pet’s coat or worms within their feces. Worms have been known to lay up to 100,000 eggs a day showing how quickly the damage can be done. If you need flea and worming treatment Stanmore contact Blythwood Vets immediately to book an appointment.
From what age can my pet be treated for fleas
Prevention is the best cure when it comes to fleas and worms. You can start your puppy, kitten, and kits at six to eight weeks of age. Some products do have a minimum weight requirement so your vet will speak through your options and create a bespoke flea and worming treatment plan that will work best for you and your pet.
How will they be treated for fleas
For each pet, we will advise on a different course of treatments. This can be dependent on age, weight, lifestyle, the severity of the infestation, and whether your pet is accustomed to taking tablets or liquid medication. There is a wide range of tablets, liquid, granules, and spot on’s that can be used as part of your pet’s flea and worm treatment course. We are also able to recommend a flea and tick collar which should be used for 8 months.
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