As their name suggests, intestinal worms are parasites that live inside your pet’s intestines and have negative, and potentially deadly effects.
Most species of animal, as well as humans, can be infected with intestinal worms.
Common intestinal worms in Australian pets are Roundworm, Tapeworm, Whipworm and Hookworm
Regular worming of dogs and cats with an all-wormer is essential. This should be done every 2 weeks until puppies and kittens reach 3 months of age, once monthly until they are 6 months old, and once every 3 months when they are 6 months of age or older.
Heartworm is a parasite that is spread by mosquitoes into your pet's bloodstream. Adult worms mature in the heart and can cause blockages and death.
Thankfully, we have very effective preventative treatment options available including tablets, chews, spot-on's and even an annual injection for dogs administered by one of our vets. If your pet has not been on heartworm prevention we strongly recommend a heartworm test prior to starting a prevention program, followed by a repeat test 6 months after commencing.
Fleas are most often seen during the warmer months but as we keep our homes nice and warm throughout winter, we see fleas all year round. There are many products available over the counter that treat and prevent fleas. Ask us for the best product suited to your pet's needs
The Paralysis Tick is a small parasite that attaches to animals and can cause paralysis and death within 2-4 days of attachment. Paralysis Ticks are commonly found in bush and coastal areas, they are also becoming increasingly common in residential areas close to us during warm weather. There are a few different tick prevention products available and we are happy to help you find the one best suited to your pet's needs. However, no tick prevention is 100% effective and should always be used in combination with daily searches of your pet.
We are more than happy to show you how to do a thorough tick search, please call us to discuss.