Fleas and worms

Why should I treat my dog for parasites?

Fleas, ticks, worms and other parasites should be prevented as they feed on your pet’s skin or gut, causing ill health. Regular worming, and poop scooping after your dog, is also important to prevent children getting toxocara worm.

Which skin parasites should I treat my dog for?

Fleas

Fleas may be picked up from other animals or from the environment. Fleas bite your pet causing sore skin, feed on your pets blood causing anaemia, and when your pet grooms and ingests fleas, this transmits tapeworms. You may not see the fleas as they hide quickly in the coat, so it is best to check by brushing the coat onto wet paper and looking for red flea dirt. If you do get a flea infestation, regular treatment of all pets and the house is needed to clear it, 90% of the flea population will be in the home ready to infest your pet.

Mites

Ear mites and mange mites can be passed between dogs, cats and foxes and are very contagious. Ear mites cause a painful, inflamed ear, whilst mange mites burrow under the skin causing sores and infection.

Lice

Lice are transmitted from infested dogs by direct body contact, and cause itching, sore skin and even anemia if the infestation is heavy. Very young, old, or unwell pets are most at risk.

Which product should I treat my dog with for skin parasites?

We advise monthly Endectrid spot-on, providing protection against fleas, biting lice, ear mites, mange mites, roundworm, heartworm and lungworm. Prevention is better and easier than cure, so it is important to ensure that your pet is treated monthly.

Which worms should I treat my dog for?

Roundworms

All puppies can be born with roundworms as they can be transmitted across the placenta and in their mother’s milk. Roundworms are picked up from the environment where their eggs can survive in soil for a long time. They can also be caught from eating infested rats or birds. Roundworms look like spaghetti and live in the gut.

Tapeworms

Tapeworms are easily picked up by scavenging carcasses, hunting, or ingesting fleas when grooming. They too live in the gut and look like flat ribbons. Dogs will pass them a section at a time in their faeces, the section wiggles and releases eggs into the environment.

Hookworms

These worms can be transmitted to puppies across the placenta and in their mother’s milk, or picked up from an environment contaminated by the faeces of infested dogs or foxes. They are like tiny beansprouts, which are very hard to see and live in the gut.

Whipworms

Tiny whipworms have a thicker end and a thinner end like a whip. They live in the gut and are caught from contact with the faeces of infested dogs.

Lungworms

Lungworms, as the name suggests, infest the lungs, which is very dangerous. Dogs can catch this type of worm by eating slugs and snails or licking their slime trails.

Which product should I treat my dog for worms with?

Monthly Endectrid treatment kills roundworms, hookworms, whipworms and lungworms. We then need to treat with Quantex tablets for tapeworm every six months, or every three months if your pet scavenges or hunts frequently.

What other parasites may be of concern?

Ticks

Sheep and deer ticks are prevalent in the countryside. They are pin head sized when they bite on to your dog, then drink blood until they are the size of a sultana. Ticks should be removed by twisting with a tick removing hook.

Ticks are of most concern for pets travelling to Europe, or other overseas destinations where there are several fatal tick-borne diseases. We recommend Advantix Spot On or a Seresto collar to prevent ticks if you will be travelling with your pet.

Heartworms

Heartworms infest the heart and can be fatal. They are spread by infected mosquitos, therefore fortunately this type of worm is not currently found in the UK. Endectrid will kill heartworms, however we would also advise owners taking their dog abroad to use Advantix Spot On or a Seresto collar which prevents bites from mosquitoes, ticks and flies.

How would joining Healthy Pet Club help with flea and worm treatment?

Our Healthy Pet Club gives you a significant discount on the cost of the years vaccine flea and worm treatment. It also allows you to spread the cost into monthly payments.