Did you know that fleas and worms can be passed on to you and your family? They can also cause your pet pain and discomfort and in extreme cases, death.
Household pets are susceptible to fleas which live in almost any warm environment. This could be your pet’s fur, your clothes and furniture, and in the summer months the grass and sand outside your house or in the local park.
Fleas can lay up to 50 eggs every single day, and when all 50 of those start breeding, you quickly have an infestation on your hands. This rapid lifecycle makes fleas particularly difficult to get rid of. As well as being hard to clear, fleas will bite both you and your pet causing red, itchy bumps and to top it all off, bites can also spread nasty diseases.
If your pet has fleas, they are likely to swallow them whilst grooming. This is bad news as fleas can carry tapeworm eggs which will hatch in your pet’s gut. Tapeworms will then cause your pet to become very unwell if they’re not treated quickly and effectively.
Indications your pet has fleas include:
- Red, itchy, sore spots on your pet’s skin (these could appear on you also)
- Excessive scratching
- Over grooming and pulling fur out
- Fleas themselves seen moving through your pet’s fur
- Brown/black specs in your pets fur (these are flea eggs)
Indications your pet has worms include:
- Vomiting and diarrhoea
- What looks like grains of rice in your pet’s vomit, faeces and around their bottom (these may be moving)
- Weight loss
- Increased appetite
- Potbellied appearance (especially in puppies)
Please note: Treatment for parasites differs depending on the size, weight and breed of your pet. The type of worm your pet is suffering from must also be diagnosed before treatment. If your pet is demonstrating any of the symptoms above, please book an appointment with a veterinarian at The Neighbourhood Vet.