Checking for fleas and worms are an important part of any pet owners routine, which is why we’re always there to help you prevent an infestation.
Providing regular care and treatment for fleas and worms is one of the key services we offer at our practices. Our experienced team are always on hand to administer effective prevention and treatment whenever your pet needs it.
What’s the difference between fleas and worms?
- Fleas are small parasites that live on your pet’s body and survive off their blood.
- contrary to popular opinion they don’t fly
- most pets will get fleas at some point in their lives
- prevention is much more effective than cure
- Most common worms are roundworms, hookworms, whipworms and tapeworms
- Easily treated
How do pets catch fleas and worms?
- caught from other animals and in the natural environment
- soft furnishings which have been previously infested and not completely removed
- eating contaminated soil, faeces or rodents
- Many puppies are born with worms contracted from mother’s milk
What problems can they cause for my pet?
- -Anemia/low iron levels
- -Allergic reactions
- -Redness and irritation
- Diseases (myxomatosis
- Weight loss
- Increased appetite, weakness and diarrhoea
- Swollen abdomen
Can I catch fleas or worms from my pet?
- Although most fleas prefer to feed on animals, they will also bite humans and use them for transport
- There is one species of flea (Pulex Irritans) that is commonly found on humans and can cause painful inflammation
- Humans can catch roundworm, hookworm and whipworm but it’s unusual.
- Children are more vulnerable
- Can cause coughing, headaches and stomach pain
- In rare cases roundworm larvae can infect organs and cause severe symptoms like fatigue and weight loss.
How do I protect my pet from fleas and worms?
- Regular flea and worm treatment
- Prevention is better than cure
- Ask your vet for the best treatment options
- Disinfect food and water bowls to prevent worms (use pet friendly disinfectant)
- 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 and worms, and to learn about our regular care plans.