Fleas on cats and dogs are inevitable unless you use some flea control. We find that many brands from pet shops and supermarkets are not effective. Fleas like nothing better than a nice, clean warm house in which to breed. The adult flea lives for a relatively short time, but can lay hundreds of eggs, which hatch in the carpets or bedding and re-infest your pet.
There are a variety of products to control fleas – The one most appropriate to your pet’s situation can be prescribed at your consultation with the vet.
Our pets also need worming. Kittens and puppies get worms from the mother, so they need worming monthly, until 6 months of age. For adult dogs and cats, we follow public health recommendations which suggest a 3 monthly worming routine.
Rabbits too can catch fleas – we now stock a new product to treat them. The most serious parasitic disease of rabbits is “Strike”. This is when greenbottle flies lay eggs, usually around the rabbit’s bottom. These hatch into maggots which literally eat the rabbit alive. Unless caught very early this is often fatal. You must be vigilant in the summer months. Predisposing factors include obesity; a dirty hutch and droppings stuck to the bottom, which must be avoided. A natural fly repellant can also be used to help prevent Strike.
Guinea pigs frequently get mites, which cause them great distress as they are so itchy. There is a medicine available to control this condition.
The majority of our flea and worm products are by prescription. This means that we must see the animal every 12 months. If your pet is having annual vaccinations (as they should), then this is not a problem. If not, then we will have to make an appointment to see your pet, when we normally charge a reduced consultation fee, for flea and worm treatment check-ups.