Preventative care, worming and defleaing
Caring for your
Having taken on the responsibility of looking after a new puppy
it will be helpful to bear in mind the following information on
their care to ensure they have all the necessary treatment to
prevent various diseases and to enable them to lead a healthy
In dogs, the initial course can be started from 8 weeks of age and the
second vaccination 2 to 3 weeks later. Immunity must be maintained
by giving annual 'boosters'. Protection is given against severely debilitating, often fatal diseases such as Distemper, Parvovirus, Hepatitis and Leptospirosis.
In cats, the initial course ideally starts at 9 weeks and the second vaccination 3-4 weeks later. Protection is given against diseases such as Leukaemia, Cat Flu and Panleukopenia, which, again, are severely debilitating and often fatal.
Immunity must be maintained for both cats and dogs by giving annual 'boosters'. Sometimes, in a few cases, there is lethargy or inappetance for a day but this invariably passes. If not, then please contact us.
Roundworms and Tapeworms are found in both dogs and cats. They are internal parasites that can cause loss of condition in your pet as well as being a potential risk to people. Most pets have worms although there are often no outward symptoms. Re-contamination is common, hence the need for regular treatment.
Puppies and kittens are most susceptible when young so are wormed fortnightly until 12 weeks of age, then monthly until 6 months of age. After that, every 3 to 6 months forever, depending on your pets lifestyle.
A relatively new parasite in this area in dogs is Lungworm, which can be fatal.
It is essential the right product or combination is used to cover all worms. Please ask the Vet or Nurse for advice.
We recommend Advocate in this Practice for both cats and dogs as it deals with a wide range of parasites including fleas, lice, ear mites, mange and many common worms plus Lungworm. However, Tapeworms are not covered so both cats (drops or tablet) and dogs (tablet) need routine dosing for this on top, as the worm's life cycle is tied up with that of the flea.
As fleas live on the animal for a short time, but their intermediate stage can live for years in carpets and furnishings, it is essential to treat the home environment with the spray Acclaim every 6 months.