Worm and Flea Control

Worm and flea control for your pet in Glen Waverley


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INTESTINAL WORMS AND FLEA CONTROL IN MELBOURNE EASTERN SUBURBS

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Contact Glenvale Veterinary Clinic in Glen Waverley now to protect your pet from intestinal worms and fleas.  Prevention is a much better option than treating an infestation in your pet.  Intestinal worms and fleas can cause diseases in both pets and humans, so now is the right time to make sure you are protected.

There are many products to choose from for this purpose with some being more effective than others. We stock a range of veterinary products and can offer advice as to the best methods of prevention and treatment for your pet.


Fleas

Fleas can cause severe skin irritation and subsequent infections in both pets and humans. Many products are available, some better than others, and our staff can give you good advice. Most fleas are not on your pet (only 5%) but in the environment (95%) so treating the pet is only a small part of the affective treatment. Prevention is better than treating an infestation so it is best to treat all year round.

Intestinal worms

Intestinal worms and coccidia are mainly a problem in young animals that have limited immunity. They are usually transferred from the mother (in her milk or before birth in the uterus) or from a contaminated environment. These parasites cause sickness, usually seen as poor growth, diarrhoea, abdominal pain and anaemia. Some of these parasites can infect people and cause a range of illnesses. Washing hands before eating, and worming your pet regularly are the best methods of prevention. Women when pregnant and immunosuppressed people (HIV patients, people on chemotherapy) should not feed raw, uncooked meat to their pets.

Puppies and kittens should be wormed every 2 weeks for 4 doses then every 3 months for life. Rabbits, guinea pigs, rats and mice have coccidia as the main intestinal parasite which they get from a contaminated environment. A faecal test on young, unwell rabbits, guinea pigs and rodents determines if treatment is needed.  


Heartworm prevention

This worm is spread by mosquitoes and they live in the heart and blood vessels. They block the flow of blood coming out of the heart and cause shortness of breath, coughing, reduced exercise tolerance and eventually death. They affect mainly dogs, and very occasionally cats. Rabbit and guinea pigs are not affected. Prevention  starts at 12 weeks of age with an injection which is repeated at six months of age, and then given annually, usually with the annual health check and vaccination. Monthly treatments are also available.

Call today on 03 9802 9103  for more information about our flea control treatments for your pet in Glen Waverley.

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