Fleas, ticks and worming

Preventing fleas, ticks and worms is an important part of your pet care routine.

Keep your pet - and house - free from parasites with regular flea, tick and worming treatments.

Preventing pet parasites

Providing regular care and treatment for fleas, ticks and worms is one of the key services we offer at our practices. Our experienced team are always on hand to dispense effective parasite prevention, treatment products and advice whenever you need it.

What are fleas, worms and ticks?

Fleas are small parasites that live on your pet’s body and feed off their blood. Unfortunately, most pets will get fleas at some point in their lives. Fleas can be picked up from other animals and in the natural environment. They can also live for long periods of time as eggs in soft furnishings and carpets.

The most common worms are roundworms, hookworms, whipworms and tapeworms, although lungworm is becoming an increasing problem in the UK. While lungworms live in the respiratory system, all other worms live in the gastrointestinal tract and can be easily treated before they cause serious problems. They can be picked up if your pet eats contaminated soil, faeces or rodents. In fact, many puppies are born with worms that are contracted from their mother’s milk.

Ticks are small parasites that feed off your pet’s blood and can be picked up by pets in the natural environment, specifically places where wild animals have passed through. They often carry bloodborne diseases such as Lyme disease, which causes a number of issues in pets including arthritis and kidney damage.

What problems can they cause for my pet?

Fleas can cause:

  • anemia
  • tapeworm
  • allergic reactions
  • redness and irritation
  • diseases (such as myxomatosis in rabbits).

Worms can cause:

  • vomiting
  • weight loss
  • increased appetite, weakness and diarrhoea
  • swollen abdomen
  • dehydration
  • Lungworm can cause coughing and bleeding.

Ticks can cause:

  • painful reactions on the bite site, which often become infected
  • bloodborne diseases (such as lyme disease).

Can I catch fleas or worms or ticks from my pet?

Although most fleas prefer to feed on our pets, they will also bite humans and use them for transport.

Humans can also catch roundworm, hookworm and whipworm, with children being the most vulnerable. Symptoms include coughing, headaches and stomach pain. In rare cases, roundworm larvae can infect organs and cause severe symptoms like fatigue and weight loss.

Ticks can carry bloodborne diseases like lyme disease which can affect humans.

How do I protect my pet from fleas and worms?

The best way to protect your pet is with regular and frequent flea, tick and worm treatment. Prevention is much better than cure.

Please don’t hesitate to ask your vet for the best treatment options available for the parasites that occur in your area.

You should also carry out other preventative measures, like regularly disinfecting your pet’s food and water bowls to prevent worms. Don’t forget to also clean up after your pet and wash your hands thoroughly afterwards.

 

Speak to your local Medivet practice for more information about how to protect your pet from fleas, ticks and worms, and to learn about our regular care plans.

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