Protect your pet from fleas, ticks & worms

It’s making me itch just thinking about it but fleas, ticks and worms are common problems for many cats and dogs, so it’s nothing to worry about as generally they can be easily treated. Your vet will give you advice if you suspect your pet has one of these parasites, and there are also things you can do to help prevent your pet from getting them.

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How do I know if my pet has worms, fleas or ticks?

Symptoms of worms: If your pet is constantly hungry but losing weight and has coarse fur, then there’s a possibility they may have worms and you should take them to your vet for treatment.

Symptoms of fleas: The most common sign of fleas is when your pet just can’t stop scratching themselves, but you may also notice them jumping around in your pet’s fur or on your own clothes. If you or your family get bitten, you’ll notice itchy red bumps on your body.

Symptoms of ticks: If your pet has ticks they may have inflamed or red patches of skin and itchiness. If left untreated, ticks can also cause lethargy, weight loss and fever so you should visit your vet immediately if you think your pet may have ticks. If your pet does have ticks, you should also see your doctor as there are a number of tick-borne diseases such as Lymes Disease that can be transmitted to people if you’re bitten by an infected tick.

Please contact your vet if you think your pet may be ill as they’ll be able to assess their symptoms and give you a professional diagnosis and treatment plan.

How do I treat worms, fleas and ticks?

Your vet can recommend the best course of treatment and appropriate medication for your pet, if they do get fleas, worms or ticks.

Remember that all animals in your home must be treated using appropriate medications to get your fleas, ticks or worm problem under control.

How can I prevent my pet from getting worms, fleas and ticks?

You can do a number of things to help prevent your furry friend from being infected by fleas, ticks or worms. Below are just a few examples:

  • Ensure your pet is regularly treated for fleas, ticks and worms using appropriate medication prescribed by your vet. Even indoor cats need to be treated as you may unknowingly bring in parasites from outdoors.
  • Regularly vacuum all carpets, soft furnishings, upholstered furniture and cracks in the floorboards to get rid of fleas and flea eggs. Remember to take care when emptying the vacuum cleaner to make sure that the fleas do not jump out as they will still be alive.
  • Wash your pet’s bedding at least once a week at a reasonably high temperature to kill any parasites that may be living inside and check your pet for tell-tale signs of parasites when grooming them.
  • If you go out walking in the countryside, always cover up and tuck your trousers into your socks to help prevent ticks getting inside and being brought home.

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