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PARASITE CONTROL

            Damory veterinary clinic stock a range of different parasite prevention treatments that can be purchased on our reception desk. Our staff are very knowledgeable on the products we stock so will be able to assist you in choosing the right treatment for your pet.

 

See below the different kinds of treatments we offer. 

 

Spot on Treatments

We have a range of monthly spot on treatments for treatment of ticks and fleas, some of which will also worm your pet at the same time. We recommend that animals are not bathed or go swimming for at least 24 hours after application

Collars

The collars we have available are designed to kill fleas and ticks but in a collar format rather than a spot-on and will last 7 to 8 months. The collars are safe around children and can be kept on when the pet goes into water.

Spray Treatments

We have a non-aerosol, non-organophosphate spray, which can be used on pregnant animals and on puppies and kittens from 2 days old. It should last for up to 12 weeks in dogs and 8 weeks in cats, and can be effective in the control of ticks for up to 1 month. Bathing is not recommended for 48 hours before and after application.  

Oral medication

These are useful for animals that react to topical treatments and also where there are severe flea or tick infestations. We have various oral treatments that control fleas and ticks, lasting from one month up to three months.

Injection (for cats only)

An injectable treatment is available that provides 6 months cover and works in very much the same way as the tablet form. It can only be administered by a vet.

 

 

common parastes we treat against:

 

Fleas

Fleas can be a real nuisance; they also provide us with a challenge to treat and are the most common cause of skin problems in dogs and cats. In order to choose the best flea treatment for you it may help to explain a little about the life cycle of fleas and some of the problems they pose to you and your pet!

Adult fleas feed on blood. Heavy flea infestations cause a drain on your pet’s blood resulting in anaemia. This is a serious problem for very young animals. Some animals have a allergy to components of flea saliva. This means that just a few flea bites can trigger an itchy skin reaction!

 Fleas can act as intermediate hosts for certain tape worms. It is therefore important that regular worming is carried out along side routine flea treatment.
Female fleas have the capacity to lay up to 100 eggs per day! Some of these will fall off of your animal’s coat into the environment where they hatch into larvae.

Fleas will happily survive inside your home in summer and winter, especially if you have central heating!

 

Ticks

Ticks are blood sucking members of the spider family that spend the majority of their three year life in the leaf litter, periodically climbing up the vegetation in search for animals. Ticks can sense the carbon dioxide our pets breathe out, the vibrations they make as they walk and their heat which attracts them.

Ticks don’t jump or fly but latch on when the correct host brushes past them.  They will then remain attached and feed from their host until their body is swollen and full where they will then drop off and digest before the cycle of finding a host starts again. 

There are about 20 species in the UK, one of the most common is the sheep or deer tick that feeds on practically all animals, including mammals, birds, reptiles, humans and pets (particularly dogs). This tick can be active all year, but numbers start to increase from late March, peaking in late spring and summer and will remain active until October which is why its a good idea to protect your animals against these parasites especially during these months. 

The reason it is so important to treat and protect your pets against ticks is because they can transmit bacteria during feeding that causes Lyme borreliosis, or Lyme disease. The infection can be serious if not treated and can potentially be fatal.

 

Worms*

Worms are as disease-causing organism that lives on or in an animal (or human!) and derives its nourishment from its host.

Adult dogs and cats commonly harbour roundworms and tapeworm. Roundworm may be passed from dog/cat to dog/cat via faeces. Tapeworm can only be passed via other intermediate hosts.

The most common type of tapeworm is transmitted by the flea where as the other is transmitted via raw meat, rabbits, rodents or fallen carcases.

We recommend that adult cats and dogs that go outside should be wormed every 3 months, as we live in a rural environment, although the frequency is determined by the likelihood of infestation.

Puppies and kittens are likely to be born with roundworms, having becoming infected in their mother’s womb or after birth in their mother’s milk. The life cycle involves a juvenile stage within the muscle of the animal, whilst the adults live in the gut. Roundworm eggs are present in the faeces and will live in the soil to infect other dogs, cats and humans.

Regular worming will reduce the risk of infection to all parties. We recommend that puppies and kittens are wormed at 2, 5, 8 and 12 weeks of age and then monthly until 6 months old.

 

LUNGWORM

We are increasingly becoming aware of the problems that lungworm can cause in dogs. Dogs become infected by eating larvae found in snails, slugs or even the slime that they leave behind.
Lungworm infection can cause a range of clinical signs, but dogs most commonly present with a cough or an unexplained bleeding disorder. Data shows that it appears to be mostly dogs less than 2 years old that are being diagnosed with lungworm, probably because of their inquisitive nature. For this reason we are recommending using a preventative treatment in dogs up to this age.
Over this age the risk of infection is still their but appears less likely, so you should weigh up whether you would still like to cover for lungworm infection. Please speak to your vet regarding a suitable product to protect your dog from lungworm.

 

*PLEASE NOTE No wormer is 100% effective- prompt removal and disposal of animal faeces is an essential measure to protect you, your family and your pets.

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