For the health and wellbeing of your pet and your family in the long run, 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 and are the cause of many skin problems. Although you may see fleas on your pet only, they 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 the adult flea can stay in its cocoon for up to 6 months before emerging?
Although fleas are small, they 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 in your home can escalate the problem quickly due to the high level of eggs it can produce.
Fleas live on a variety of animals such 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 and pose a threat to your family. Worms that target pets include roundworms, hookworms, lungworms, and tapeworms. They are prolific across the United Kingdom with certain worm producing more than 100,000 eggs per day. When passed in the pet’s faeces, they 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. There are many ranges 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 Practice in Sheffield.
For rabbit owners, fleas and worms are often picked up from other animals. If you have outdoors rabbits, they often pick them up from other outdoor animals; for indoors rabbits, they may pick them up from cats or dogs in the home as well.
Don’t fear the parasites. Every year, we help hundreds of pet owners just like yourselves to have a parasite free life for you and your pet. Not only is this cost saving in veterinary costs, but it gives you pet a better quality of life.