Parasite Prevention | Best Friends Pet SuperCentre

Parasite Prevention

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Pets need regular flea and worming treatments.

Fleas

  • Fleas can make your pet irritable, cause allergic skin conditions and can transmit diseases and tapeworms
  • The most commonly affected areas to be targeted by fleas are the rump, thighs, tail base, belly, flanks and upper arms/arm pits
  • Pets can pick up fleas anywhere – in your yard, home, or at the park - at any time of the year, so it is important to regularly treat your pet and its environment

Signs that your pet may have fleas

  • Flea droppings or flea eggs in a dog’s coat or environment
  • Skin abrasions and excessive scratching, rubbing licking, biting/
  • chewing at skin
  • Patches of hair loss
  • Scabs
  • Pale gums
  • Tapeworms (segments or larvae on or around the dog’s anus and in the stool)

Worms

  • If left untreated, worms can be fatal to pets. Some worms can also be a health risk to humans
  • Detecting infection can be difficult as worm eggs are too small to be easily visible in pet faeces and some worm infestations can show few or no symptom
  • The main types of intestinal worms are heartworms, tapeworms, roundworms, whipworms and hookworms
  • Year-round treatment is important to help care for your pet and
  • protect your family

Signs that your pet may have worms

  • Itchy bottom and ‘scooting’ (dragging bottom along the ground)
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Weakness, listlessness
  • Weight loss (regardless of a good appetite) or change in appetite
  • Dull coat or dry hair
  • Abnormally swollen stomach (particularly when young)
  • Breathing difficulties

Treatment

  • Pets are checked for fleas and worms during their annual check-up at Our Vet
  • Flea and worming treatments vary according to the type and size of pet and preferred treatment type (eg. chewable tablet, spray)

 

Tips to remain flea and worm free

  • Be sure to treat your pet for both fleas and worms
  • Clean your pet’s sleeping area regularly
  • Feed your pet quality, premium food
  • Remove pet faeces from your pet’s environment regularly
  • Try to ensure your pet doesn’t eat rodents or rabbits, which may
  • carry diseases, fleas and worms

A Best Friends team member or Our Vet clinician can recommend the appropriate flea and worming treatment for your pet.