Ascot Vet provides top-notch parasite control solutions to keep your small animals healthy and happy. Our experienced nurses and veterinarians offer expert advice on managing fleas, heartworms, intestinal worms, and other parasites your pet may encounter.
Intestinal Worms: Nematodes (roundworms) and Cestodes (flea tapeworms, hydatid tapeworms, and hookworms) can cause various issues in pets. Roundworms can lead to digestive upset, gas, pot-bellied appearance, and poor growth, mainly affecting young dogs and puppies. They are also common in kittens. Flea tapeworm, spread by fleas, rarely causes issues for adult dogs but can affect puppies similarly to roundworms. Cats, particularly those who hunt, have a higher risk of being infected with tapeworms from consuming rats and mice. Hydatid tapeworm can be transmitted from animals to humans, forming cysts in various organs. Avoid feeding dogs offal or undercooked meat to control hydatid tapeworm. Hookworms can cause anemia in dogs, burrowing into the bowel lining.
Fleas: Fleas can be challenging to eliminate as only a few live on your pet at a time, while flea eggs and larvae reside in their environment for up to a year. Fleas cause irritation, itching, and discomfort, with some animals developing flea allergy dermatitis. Severe infestations may lead to anemia in dogs and cats.
Heartworm: Heartworm, caused by Dirofilaria immitis, is a severe and potentially fatal disease in dogs. Though prophylactic treatment has greatly reduced its incidence, prevention remains important to the difficulty in testing for and treating the infection. Adult heartworms, found in the heart and large vessels of infected dogs, can live up to five years and produce millions of young larvae. These larvae reside in the bloodstream and are transmitted between dogs by mosquitoes, eventually developing into adult worms. Clinical signs may take up to two years to appear, and by then, the cases can be advanced. Preventative treatments are highly effective in protecting your dog from heartworm infection.
Mites: Mites are tiny parasites that can infect dogs and cats, causing various skin conditions and discomfort. Common types include Sarcoptes, Demodex, and Ear mites. Infestations can lead to intense itching, hair loss, and skin irritation.
At Ascot Vet, we can tailor parasite control plans to suit your pet’s individual needs. Puppies and kittens should be treated every two weeks, while adult pets should receive treatment every month to three months, depending on which product is used. Longer acting injections and spot ons are also available for adult dogs and cats. Our range of treatments ensures your pet stays parasite-free and lives a healthy life. Contact our team for more information, or to book a consultation.