How and when should I treat my pet for fleas and worms?
A happy pet is flea free! Whilst fleas and worms are unpleasant for your pet, if not treated they can even lead to the development of more serious health issues. So read our handy tips for eradicating pests – and keeping it that way.
How do I know if my cat or dog has fleas?
Whilst in extreme cases you may be able to see fleas on your dog or cat’s fur (or else they may even jump to your own skin!), the majority of the time it can be quite easy for them to go unnoticed.
But how do you know if your pet has fleas? Scratching can be an indicator, but a good test is to stand your pet over some white paper, give them a thorough rub and examine the particles that collect on the paper below. Flea droppings will look like tiny brown or black pellets.
The best form of attack is defence!
It’s so easy for your pet to catch fleas, and it’s not so easy to detect them – that’s why the best way to keep fleas at bay is by establishing a routine early on and treating your dog or cat all year round, throughout their life. Spot on flea treatments are the most popular; they’re effective, don’t always require a prescription, and they’re easy to use.
How do I apply spot on flea treatment?
To apply the a spot on treatment, remove the collar and part the fur slightly, so that you’re able to squeeze the assigned dosage onto the skin at the back of your pet’s neck. The spot on treatment will generally kill fleas within 24 hours – but to be sure that they don’t return, this process should be repeated every 4 to 5 weeks.
Don’t forget to treat all the pets in your household or the fleas will just be passed from one pet to the other. Your house can also carry fleas if there has been an infestation, so it’s vital that you treat your home too. Wash all pet bedding (and your own if they’re allowed on the furniture) and get your hands on a household flea spray such as R.I.P. Fleas – so effective that it keeps killing fleas for up to 12 months after application. Show household flea treatments now.
How do I know if my cat or dog has worms?
Worms are incredibly common for both cats and dogs – but with a regular, routinely treatment, this is a problem that you can easily get a handle on.
Common symptoms include: coughing, vomiting, diarrhoea, low energy, swollen tummy, change in appetite, weight-loss, skin irritations, dull coat, itchy bottom (eek!) and even visible worms in the stool (GAH!).
Eugh. Not only are all those symptoms so unpleasant, if not treated they can lead to far more serious conditions. Luckily, there are fantastic solutions and preventative treatments available.
It’s essential that you treat your pet regularly to keep worms away – at least every 3 months. Regular treatment will also vastly reduce the number of worm eggs shed into the environment.
How do I give my pet worming treatments?
Most worming treatments take the form of tablets – which can usually be administered on their own or disguised in your pet’s food. It can be quite tricky to persuade puppies to swallow tablets, but fear not – thanks to Drontal Puppy Worming Suspension, your puppy’s dosage can be administered in liquid form. Shop worming treatments, now.
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