In dogs, heartworm is a preventable parasite that infests the blood vessels of the heart and lungs. It is transmitted by mosquitoes but can be treated and prevented with monthly chews or spot-ons, or alternatively an injection can be given (to dogs only) which lasts a year. Usually, the injection is given with your dog's yearly C5 injection as this is the most convenient and affordable option, but a quick blood test is required prior to the injection if your dog has not been on frequent treatment with chews or spot-ons.
Cats and dogs can easily pick up intestinal worms from contact with other animals or the environment. It is important to deworm your cat or dog regularly, as they can get reinfected once the tablet wears off, and tablets can be bought over the counter. Humans can also be infected with worms from their pets; a human anti-wormer can be bought over the counter at any chemist and is highly recommended if a worm burden is discovered in your pets.
The recommended worming schedule is as follows for both cats and dogs:
• Every two weeks until 3 months old; then
• Every month until 6 months old; and finally
• Every 3 months indefinitely
Fleas and ticks
There are many different products on the market to control and prevent flea and tick infestations. All of the products we stock are excellent, but none cover absolutely everything (fleas, ticks, heartworm, and all intestinal worms) although some come close! Please enquire with our nurses to find out the most suitable product for your pet.