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Parasites, worming and ticks


How do I check my pet for parasites?

The veterinarians and veterinary nurses at our Allington clinic can help you work out whether your animal friend is infested with parasites. They will then help you to treat the problem, and offer preventative advice to avoid a recurrence. Some common parasites include fleas, worms and ticks.


How do I treat my cat or dog’s fleas?

Fleas are a common parasite in pets. They are a major cause of skin disease, their bites cause discomfort and irritation. Fleas can also act as a host for one type of tapeworm.

The most effective and easiest way of preventing fleas is to use a spot-on treatment which involves parting the hair and applying the product to the back of the neck.

Your nurse will be able to advise the best product for your pet and apply it every month should you wish.


Does my dog have worms?


These are found in your pet’s intestine. They look like pieces of string and can occasionally be seen either in the faeces or in vomit. The majority of infections are not obvious.


Found in your pet’s intestine and are long and flat with segments that look like grains of rice. Tapeworm can be picked up from fleas or eating raw meat.


Only occurs in dogs and is carried by snails and slugs which can be ingested by your dog either voluntarily, or involuntarily when rummaging through undergrowth or drinking from puddles. Lungworm can cause a variety of symptoms and be potentially life threatening. It has been an increasing problem in the South East of England.

Your practice vet or nurse will advise you which product would best suit your cat or dog.