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Parasite prevention

 
Worms, fleas and ticks

How do I check my pet for parasites?

The veterinarians and veterinary nurses at our Langley Park clinic can help you check your dog, cat or rabbit for parasites. They will advise on appropriate treatment for your pet and on future avoidance of fleas, worms and ticks.

Fleas

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 and 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.

Worms

Does my pet have worms?

It can be hard to tell if your pet has worms, and some infestations can cause serious illness. A veterinary practitioner can examine your pet and run some tests to make an accurate diagnosis. There are several varieties of worms.

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.