Protect your pet from fleas
Fleas are one of the most problematic parasites in the world, with the ability to cause skin disease and allergic reactions. They can be difficult to find – a dog or cat with flea allergy dermatitis may never actually be seen with fleas. Flea treatments must be used every month of the year to prevent and control flea infestations effectively. Please consult with one of our vets who can advise you on the best treatment options for your pet.
Watch out for deadly ticks!
Paralysis ticks are a common parasite, even more so if you live near bushland and water. They are most prevalent throughout the warmer months. These parasites can cause paralysis and, if left untreated, pets may die from asphyxiation. Treatment involves the administration of an antitoxin and can be quite costly. Tick prevention products include oral chews, “back of the neck” spot-on products and tick collars.
Symptoms of tick paralysis may include:
- Coughing or grunting
- Laboured or fast breathing
- Loss of appetite
- Lethargy, reluctance to jump or walk
- Vomiting or retching
- Loss or change of bark
- Instability (wobbliness) in the legs
What is heartworm disease?
Heartworms are deadly parasites that are transmitted from dog to dog through mosquito bites. Anywhere mosquitoes are found, dogs are at risk. Heartworm larvae travel through your pet’s blood to the large vessels of the heart. Inside the heart, they move and grow, damaging the delicate tissues of the heart, which can cause heart disease and murmurs. If the heartworm dies, it will block the vessels, leading to cardiac arrest. It’s essential to protect your pet against heartworm throughout its entire life. If you miss a treatment, your vet may need to order a blood test to check for an infestation.