Flea and Worm Control
What are the best methods to control fleas on my pet and in my house?
Fleas have a complex, life cycle. In order to control fleas on your pet and in your home you need to cover all stages of this life cycle to prevent a flea infestation. Prevention is by far the easiest way to achieve this. By killing fleas rapidly and effectively at the time they hop on your pet outside, you nip the problem in the bud before it has any chance of becoming established.
Here in mid Canterbury we recommend using flea treatments to provide continuous protection throughout our warmer months; October – May. It is important to treat all of the animals in your house and, if you have seen a flea you should also treat their bedding and your home as well.
All of the products that you can purchase from our clinic are highly effective, come with various duration’s of action and are given easily; spot on, palatable tablets (for dogs) and long lasting collars. You just have to choose a product that suits you and your pet.
If you see live fleas on your pet it is also worth considering treating the environment. This is because a flea lays hundreds of eggs every day that fall off into your carpets, furniture, pet bedding which sit their waiting to reinfect your pet. Vacuum regularly, wash all bedding and soft furnishings that you can in a hot wash and use a flea bomb which will stop the eggs and pupae from emerging as well as killing live fleas.
How frequently should I treat my pet?
Treatment varies depending on the product you choose to use. As we mentioned above it is best to prevent a flea infestation during our warmer months so you need to use a long lasting product or repeat treat at the recommended times to provide continuous protection during this time.
Bravecto – has become rapidly popular with many owners as it last for a long time. It comes in a palatable tablet for dogs and a spot on for cats both lasting 3 months. The spot on for cats can also contain a worm treatment meaning you can cover all parasite bases in one easy to apply treatment. It also comes as a spot on for dogs which lasts for 6 months which gives great piece of mind when given at the start of summer.
FRONTLINE – tried and trusted and still highly effective it’s another easy to apply spot on for cats and dogs. It provides protection for 6 weeks in cats and 8 in dogs,however if you have seen fleas, or are concerned about high levels in the environment we recommend monthly application for both.
Broadline – is Frontline with a wormer added and its great for covering all bases in cats. Loved by owners and vets as you no longer have to pill you cat to worm them. Its also really economical compared to buying separate products. Our friendly staff can offer advice on what flea treatment product would suit your pet.
Why do I need to worm my pet?
It is very important that your pet is wormed regularly for their health and for yours. This is because worms can be passed to humans particularly children and can cause serious health problems. Unlike fleas, worms are out of sight and therefore out of mind for some pet owners. Some worms can produce up to 30,000 eggs a day and some eggs can survive up to 5 years on the ground. We recommend routine worm treatments 4 times a year. Alternatively treatment can be guided by performing faecal worm egg counts, the results of which are used to make informed treatment decisions.
How often do I need to worm my pet?
Worm treatments are recommended every three months for adults, and more often for younger animals, farm dogs, or dogs visiting farms.
Puppies and kittens should be wormed every 2 weeks until they are around 12 weeks of age using a worming treatment highly effective against round worms. We often use liquid but tablets can also be given easily.
We then recommend worming monthly until they are 6 months of age.
Adults are wormed 4 times a year with a complete worming treatment. This is a treatment that will treat all the different groups of intestinal worms effectively – round, whip, hook and tape.
If you have a working dog or a dog that you take on farm particularly sheep farms they should be given a tape worm treatment every month.
You can reduce the chance of your pet getting intestinal parasites by reducing the challenge in their environment. The environment that generally posses most risk is where they spend most time which is your yard or garden. By picking up faeces daily significantly reduces the environmental challenge by disrupting the worms life cycle. Any eggs in their faeces can’t develop into infective larval stages.
If you feed raw meat this can pose a risk also for transmitting certain parasites. Deep freezing raw meat for at least 7 days helps to reduces this risk for your pet.