Parasites are a common problem and can affect your pet's health all year round. Some of the most common parasites found in domestic pets are fleas, intestinal worms, heartworms and ticks.
Remember, just because your pet may be a ‘home’ or inside pet, doesn’t mean they aren’t susceptible to parasites; these little critters can travel into your home via your shoes, clothes or from your garden and can lay dormant in your carpet or furniture until they find a host to feed from. The best thing you can do to protect your pet is to give them preventative parasite treatments.
For the best advice on how to protect your furry friends, come into the clinic and speak to one of our highly trained staff who can recommend the best type of treatment for your pet.
If you notice your pet constantly itching and seeming irritated, there is a chance they have fleas. To check, separate the fur and if you see adult fleas or what looks like ‘dirt’, which is actually dried, digested blood, chances are your pet has fleas. Keep in mind, if you do see flea dirt, not only does your pet have fleas, but all the places your pet goes will have flea eggs waiting to hatch.
In order to prevent this situation we recommend year round flea treatment to keep your surroundings and your pet flea free.
If you suspect your pet has fleas, come in to the clinic to speak to one of our trained staff who can best recommend a treatment plan for your furry friend.
Intestinal worms are very common in Australia, with roundworm, hookworm, whipworm and tapeworm the 4 most common. Microscopic eggs and larvae can make their way onto your pet’s feet, and as they clean and lick themselves, these eggs are ingested and in time, hatch and grow. Intestinal worms from your pets can be transferred to people, with children, the elderly and those immunosuppressed being the most vulnerable.
It is for this reason we recommend you routinely treat your pets for intestinal worms. We recommend treating every 3 months throughout their life. For puppies and kittens, click here.
Heartworm is a parasitic worm, transmitted to dogs by infected mosquitoes. All it takes is one bite by an infected mozzie to cause harm to your pet. Since it is near impossible to protect our homes and pets from mosquitoes, we strongly recommend protecting your beloved pet from this nasty parasite.
Although they aren’t commonly found in the southern areas of Victoria, paralysis ticks are prevalent along the Eastern Coast of Australia. Ticks thrive in humid, bushy areas and if your pet is exposed to a paralysis tick and left untreated, it can be fatal.
If you and your furry friend will be travelling to tick infested areas of Australia, we strongly recommend treating your pet with Bravecto before and after you return from your trip. This will ensure the best protection against these parasites.
We use and recommend the following Parasite treatment products: