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As a pet-owner, you love your companion and want to look after them. But could you be looking after additional critters unintentionally?
Fleas and worms are the most common parasites that affect your pet. As parasites, they survive by feeding on your pet’s vital nutrients. Sometimes these parasites can cause disease in your pet, as carriers of infectious diseases, or causing tissue damage where they bite, or simply through causing malnutrition. It may not just be your pet who is badly affected by parasites; a flea infestation in your home can be particularly unpleasant for you and your family.
Fleas are small insects, renowned for their ability to jump great distances. This makes them especially skilled at transferring from animal to animal.
Fleas are blood-sucking parasites, which can create considerable discomfort for your pet. Additionally, if the fleas have an infection from a previous host, they can transmit this to your pet too. It is for this reason that preventative care against fleas is extremely important.
Here at Wellpets, we stock a range of different prescription licenced products for flea prevention. Products are available in oral, spot-on, and injection formulations. Our team are more than happy to discuss the options that are available for you.
Unlike fleas, worms live inside your pet. For this reason, it can be more difficult to tell if your pet has an infestation, which can prove especially hazardous.
The most common types of worm live inside your pet’s intestine, such as roundworms, hookworms, whipworms and tapeworms. Your pet could also suffer with lungworms, which live inside the lungs and cause problems such as coughing and internal bleeding.
The earlier the diagnosis of an infestation, the less damage the parasite will cause to your pet. Symptoms include:
Here at Wellpets, we stock a range of different prescription products for worm control. Our team can prescribe an effective worming product, which may be a tablet or spot-on treatment.
Your pet is a valued member of your family, so it’s important for you to know that they are happy and healthy. However, if they are suffering, it’s not always obvious for you to see. Did you know that most domestic animals have evolved to hide pain? It is for this reason that it is extremely important to have your pet examined regularly.
For the first six months of your pet’s life, we recommend you bring them to see us monthly so we can monitor their development. This is an excellent opportunity for your pet to become familiar with the surgery environment, meet our team, and develop confidence. This ensures they won’t feel anxious about coming to see us in the future.
After the first six months, regular visits will enable us to ensure your pet is up to date with all necessary preventative treatments, such as flea and worm control. They should also have an annual health check, which includes a vaccination booster, even if they appear healthy.
Once your pet has been examined, our vets will discuss their findings with you. This is a great time for you to ask any questions and receive petcare tips from the experts.
You don’t want your pet to be exposed to anything that can put them at risk. Just like you, your pet needs to be vaccinated in order to build up immunity against potentially fatal disease.
Kittens and puppies inherit their mother’s immunity from harmful diseases for a few weeks following their birth when they suckle their mother’s milk. However, after 10 weeks, they become increasingly at risk of contracting disease as this maternal immunity declines.
Vaccinations are essential for puppies and kittens, to equip their immune system with the ability to fight certain diseases.
Once vaccinated, you should bring your pet back for an annual health check. At this time, the vet will recommend which vaccine components should be given as a “booster”. These boosters remind the immune system how to react if the body is threatened by the challenge of a disease.
You should enquire about vaccination at the earliest opportunity. Two doses will be required, 4 weeks apart. Routine vaccination for puppies covers the following diseases:
Optional vaccines available include Kennel Cough vaccine, for dogs which may be going to boarding kennels, and Rabies vaccine for dogs which will travel abroad with a pet passport.
Feline friends can be vaccinated from 9 weeks old and then again 3-4 weeks later. They will be protected against:
If you have a baby rabbit, they can be vaccinated against Myxomatosis and Viral Haemorrhagic Disease (VHD) from 5 weeks old.
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