Regular anti-parasite treatments are crucial to preventing your cat or dog suffering from worms, fleas and other parasites.

We are always happy to discuss and tailor our anti-parasite treatments to suit your pet’s lifestyle, this online tool is an excellent first step to understanding their needs.

The products we provide are veterinary prescription medications, clinically proven to be safe for your pet and effective against the parasites we wish to control.  Many products available without prescription “over the counter” via pet shops, supermarkets or online retailers are older drugs and chemicals that, while considered safe for public sale, are often much less reliable.

Fleas

Fleas cause itching, chewing and licking and the skin may appear red and inflamed. If you notice any of these signs please make an appointment to see one of our experienced vets. If your cat or dog has fleas it is essential that you treat your pet with an effective product to relieve their discomfort quickly and prevent further spread.  It is also vital that you treat your home and any other pets too, so that the infestation is controlled.  Bear in mind that fleas only spend 10% of their time on their host to feed, the rest of the time they hide in carpets and other furnishings laying eggs!

Worming

There are a wide variety of common roundworm and tapeworm species that our furry friends can carry, many of which pose significant health risks, both to them and to us!

Common species include:

  • Toxocara Canis, which can cause liver damage and blindness if transmitted to people
  • Tapeworms, which can cause gastrointestinal disease and rarely a condition called cysticercosis
  • Lungworm, which can cause severe respiratory damage and bleeding disorders in dogs – left untreated this can result in rapid fatalities.

We recommend that all puppies and kittens are wormed every month until they are 6 months old. Dogs and cats from the age of 6 months should then be wormed every 3 months throughout their life.

Ticks

Ticks are relatives of spiders, which can attach to dogs, cats and other animals in order to feed on their blood, sometimes resulting in painful localised inflammatory reactions.  If improperly removed, they can leave their mouthparts embedded in the skin which can lead to infections and abscessation.

In addition to this the most common tick in the UK, Ixodes Ricinus, carries the risk of transmitting Lyme’s disease.  This infection can cause significant chronic disease in both dogs and people, so we recommend regular anti-tick medication to minimise the risk of exposure.

In the past, ticks were a more seasonal problem, mainly associated with late summer and autumn.  However in recent years with overall milder weather patterns (yes, even here in Scotland) they are becoming a year round phenomenon.  In addition, while previously more often seen in patients that visited more rural locations or living near livestock, we now regularly see ticks on patients that live in urban environments. This is likely due to increasing urban wildlife populations along with other factors.

Your pet’s health is important.
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