For the long-term health and wellbeing of your pet and your family, it is essential that you routinely use proven, preventative treatments against the most common parasites throughout your pet’s life. Remember that prevention is much easier and cost effective than cure.
Fleas are one of the most common external parasites in pets, often the cause of many skin problems. Although 9only visible perhaps on your pets, parasites are continually shedding eggs in your home and can lead to a home flea infestation. Flea bites to you and your family can be costly and complicated to treat. Did you know that before emerging, the adult flea can stay in its cocoon for up to 6 months?
Although small, fleas can make your pet miserable. Once on your pet, fleas can bite every 5 minutes leaving your cat or dog itchy and uncomfortable. You only need to bring one flea inside your home to start an infestation. One female flea can produce enough eggs to quickly escalate the problem in your home.
Fleas live on a variety of animals such as rabbits and hedgehogs, as well as cats and dogs. When your pet is outdoors, fleas from the eggs left behind by other animals can jump on your pet. Once on your pet, they feed on his or her blood and start laying eggs.
Treating your pet with our vet recommended treatment plan will effectively kill fleas and disrupt their life cycle.
There are various worms that can infect your pets, possibly posing a threat to your family. Worms that target pets include roundworms, hookworms, lungworms, and tapeworms, and they are prolific across the United Kingdom. Certain worm can produce more than 100,000 eggs per day. When passed in the pet’s faeces they can spread throughout their living environment.
Your family can accidentally ingest worm eggs that have been passed through your pet’s faeces. The eggs can then hatch in your intestinal tract, and the worms can travel to various tissues in the body, including the eyes and brain, potentially causing serious infections.
Worms are a year-round threat. The only way to keep your pet and family safe is through proactive actions to get the best products. Lungworm, which is passed on by slugs and snails, is potentially fatal and many over the counter products do not tackle this worrying parasite.
Please be aware that many products available elsewhere other than sold at Peak Veterinary Practice in Sheffield may be ineffective at treating all the species of worms and fleas your pet could get. The range of worming treatments available including tablets, liquids, granules and spot-ons.
Hazards in our local community
Fleas, worms and other parasites can be caught at parks local to Peak Veterinary Practices in Sheffield.
Shrubs and grassland areas outside can be breeding grounds for parasites in the warmer months of the year, April to October. As a cat owner, it can be difficult to prevent your cat from going outdoors, but if you spot differences in your cat, such as more scratching or playing with parasite carriers, as a pet owner, what can you do?
Do not fear parasites, we are able to help you and your pets, much like the hundreds we help every year. Not only is this cost saving in Veterinary bills, but it will help you give your pet the quality of life they deserve.