Our dogs and cats are susceptible to the creepiest of crawleys....with ticks, fleas and worms infesting our furry friends, it is our responsibility as pet parents to keep them safe.
Fleas are the number one culprit for an itchy dog or cat and the adult flea is the natural host for the tapeworm larvae. Do yourself and your pets a favour and ensure that all the pets in the household are covered against infestation.
One way to ensure that your pet's are pest free this summer is to make sure that all the pets in the household are treated.
Most pet owners only use a tick and flea treatment once they see the parasite and by this time it is too late. A flea egg can lay dormant in your environment for up to two years and may only hatch when conditions are optimal. Cats on the other hand, are notorious groomers and ingest their fleas thus spreading the tapeworm larvae and keep the flea life cycle alive.
Once a tick has been discovered on your pet, it may be too late. The feeding tick may be infected with a parasite that causes illness in your pet when transferred from the tick while taking a blood meal.
Puppies and kittens need to have a strict deworming program as intestinal worms are often transferred from mother to baby. Deworming your pregnant bitch or queen is a great way to ensure that the puppies and kittens are born with less chance of being infested. Deworm your new puppy or kitten every 2 weeks for 3 consecutive months and thereafter every 3 months for life.
Treat all your pets and keep up the treatment during the winter months to ensure that you protect your pets from harmful parasites.