Parasites can be a big problem in cats and dogs – particularly at younger ages – but how do you prevent your furry friend from getting these potentially life-threatening bugs?
We all know there are flea and worming products, but which brand do you use? And how often? The sheer number of different options are staggering, and we understand that it can get very confusing!
Sadly, there isn’t a perfect product that can do everything for you, but we can make it easier to know what your pet needs and how often they need it.
So, what does your cat and dog need to be covered for?
Basically, the parasites that infect our pets can be divided into living internally (in the gut, heart and muscles) and externally (on or in the skin).
Internal parasites in both dogs and cats include hookworm, whipworm, tapeworm, roundworm and heartworm.
- Roundworm and hookworm are nasty gut ones that cause problems in young puppies and kittens.
- Tapeworm tends to be the one that adult dogs suffer from more. Most products that seem initially to cover all parasites, tend to lack the drug required to treat tapeworm.
- Heartworm – as its name implies – infects the major vessels of the heart, causing them to clog up and eventually resulting in death.
External parasites in both dogs and cats include fleas, ticks and mites.
Our recommendations for dogs are:
- Annual injections called Sr12 against heartworm
- Monthly Nexguard against fleas, ticks and mites
- Start of every season (every 3 months) giving Cazitel Allwormer for protection against all other internal worms
- Monthly Advocate spot-on treatment for fleas, ticks, mites, internals worms (excluding tapeworm) and heartworm
- Start of every season (every 3 months) giving Popantel Tapeworming tablet
Our recommendation schedule for internal parasites in kittens and puppies is:
- Treat every fortnight until 12 weeks of age then
- Monthly until 6 months of age then
- Every 3 months for life (or as advised by the product you’re using)