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Parasites, worming and ticks


How do I check my pet for parasites?

The veterinarians and veterinary nurses at our Maidstone clinic can help you work out whether your pet is infested with worms, ticks or fleas. There are plenty of treatments for animal parasites, and our vets and nurses can help you treat the infestation and prevent further attacks.


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 at Pennard Vets Maidstone will tell you best product for your pet and apply it every month should you wish.


Does my dog have worms?

It can be difficult to diagnose a case of worms, but symptoms include:

  • increased appetite
  • weight loss
  • gastro-intestinal upsets (vomiting and diarrhoea)
  • dry, scurfy coat
  • pot-belly

Ask for a veterinary consultation at Pennard Vets Maidstone if you suspect your dog has 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.