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Parasites, worming and ticks

 

Does my pet have worms?

The veterinarians and veterinary nurses at our Borough Green clinic can help you work out whether your cat or dog or small furry has a problem with worms, ticks or fleas. They can also treat the infestation, and help your pet to avoid a repeat.

Fleas

Where can I learn how to prevent fleas in Borough Green?

Fleas are a common parasite in pets. Our practitioners at Pennard Vets Borough Green see many cases of skin disease caused by fleas and their irritating bites. 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 at ou r Borough Green surgery should you wish.

Worms

Can worms harm my pet?

Roundworms

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.

Tapeworm

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.

Lungworm

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.