Parasites and your pet

The veterinarian at your local Best for Pet clinic will tailor a parasite control program for your pet depending on his or her lifestyle. They will recommend a range of products, and will select the most appropriate treatment to suit your pet. The following paragraphs provide general guidelines on parasite control.

Worms (Intestinal – Tummy)

Kittens are commonly born with worms which have been transferred from their mothers. It is important to clean up droppings regularly and maintain general hygiene. They should also receive regular doses of intestinal worming treatment, especially while they are young.

Gastrointestinal worms can affect dogs, cats and humans. Unlike fleas they are not easily seen on a pet. Worms can infect your dog in many ways, including uncooked pet meats, rodents, through the skin or by ingesting eggs via grooming or eating the wrong things. By worming your dog on a regular basis you can prevent infection of worms for the whole family. Worming preparations are calculated on weight, so feel free to use your clinic’s scales to check your pet’s weight.

Tapeworm treatment may be required more frequently for dogs going to regional areas or eating raw pet meat and offal.

Fleas

Somehow, fleas always seem to find their bothersome way onto our pet’s coats and are a major source of skin problems. They come from any environment where dogs and cats have previously been. Flea eggs are deposited and hatch over a period of time and jump onto the next passing ‘meal ticket’ (dog, cat, or even us). Fortunately, there are now some excellent flea control products available which are safe and effective and easy to use. Your Best for Pet clinic can recommend the best product for your pet.

Heartworm

Many areas of Australia have significant heartworm problems in dogs and unfortunately we are now seeing local cases of this dangerous parasite, which is spread by mosquitoes. This is a very rare problem in cats. For those who are concerned, prevention is by far the best approach to this problem and thankfully relatively simple using a monthly or yearly treatment. The veterinarians at your Best for Pet clinic can recommend which heartworm prevention product would be best for your pet.

Remember, as a Best for Pet member you are eligible to receive 10% off parasite control for your furry friend.

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