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Flea and Worm control

Flea pryimad

Life cycle of the flea on a cat

What are the best methods to control fleas on my pet and in my house?

Fleas have a complex, 4 stage life cycle. Therefore control of fleas on your pet and in your home must address all stages of this life cycle to stop the problem of flea infestation, therefore It is very important that your pet is kept up to date with their flea treatment. 

There are a range of topical products on the market; however we recommend using one of the following: Advocate (also a worm treatment), Advantage, Frontline or Revolution.  Each of these products has its particular advantages.  It is important to treat all of the animals in your house and their bedding, and often neccessary to treat your house as well. We recommend Indorex Fogger and Frontline spray.

How frequently should I treat my pet?

Because of cats’ instinctive behaviour they are more easily infested by fleas than dogs. Hence, the recommendation to treat your cat more frequently than your dog

The treatment also varies with each product:

ADVANTAGE - a single treatment will provide at least one month flea control on dogs and up to one month on cats.

FRONTLINE - a single treatment will provide 8 weeks flea control on dogs, and 6 weeks for cats

ADVOCATE - a single treatment will provide 4 weeks flea & worm control on cats and dogs. (a worm tablet is recommended every 6 months, as this treatment does not protect against tape worm)

Our friendly staff can offer advice on what flea treatment product would suit your pet.

Please read the following brochures for more product information, flea biology and other factors to assist with controlling fleas.

FRONTLINE             REVOLUTION         


Worms

Why do I need to worm my pet?

It is very important that your pet is wormed regularly for their health and for your, as worms can be passed to humans particularly children.  Unlike fleas, worms are out of sight, therefore out of mind for some pet owners.

The statistic are scary, some worms can produce up to 30,000 eggs  a day and some eggs can survive up to 5 years on the ground.  The good news is you can take preventative action by worming your pet regularly.

How often do I need to worm my pet?
Worm treatments are recommended every three months for adults, and more often for younger animals or working farm dogs, or dogs visiting farms. 

We recommend the following worming for both cats and dogs:

Every 2 weeks until 12 weeks of age
Every month from 12 weeks until 6 months of age
Every 3 months thereafter

We recommend Drontal, Droncit (dogs only) and Endoguard tablet, and also topical treatment Profender (cats only).

What are the symptoms that my puppy or kitten has worms?

  • Loss of appetite
  • Poor coat condition
  • A pot belly appearance - especially in kittens
  • They suffer weight loss
  • Stunted growth
  • Diarrhoea (sometimes bloody diarrhoea)
  • Vomiting or vomiting up a worm
  • Anemia - pale gums
  • Worm segments around the anal area. These segments look like small grains of rice or sesame seeds
  • Continual licking of the anal area

363 West Street, Ashburton - Ph 03 307 0686 - Fax 03 307 0664
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