Routine treatments

Your pet will need regular routine treatments and often the drugs are in the house, but just fail to get administered at the correct time. It is always advisable that a diary or a mobile phone ‘memory jogger’ is used to ensure these important treatments do not get missed.

Fleas

Fleas can be a perennial problem, not just an issue for the summer months. In cold winters, central heating is often turned up and those fleas which have managed to survive as eggs, in the carpets and soft furnishings, can hatch and become a problem even in December & January !!  In hot summers – well – we know we are going to be having problems. Many flea products commonly come as ‘spot-on’ drops nowadays making application very easy and usually well tolerated.

Please be very careful to ensure the correct dose is given to the correct size of animal. AND make sure some dog drops DONOT get applied to cats as they can have very devastating results.

Flea collars are available for both dogs and cats.

There are also household sprays to help eliminate the infestation, if these are required.

Cats can have an ‘injection’ for fleas, but it is important to stress that this injection does not kill fleas – it simply stops them from reproducing. The adult flea can live on for upto 3 weeks biting us as well as your pet !!

Worms

Puppies & kittens need worming from 3 weeks of age and every 3 weeks onward until they are 6 months old. ( Some breeders like to worm every 2 weeks and this is fine as well ). Although worming at this young age is primarily against roundworms, a treatment for tapeworm might be required in some cases. Often treatment might be given against both types or worm as a single dose. From 6 months, they should be wormed as per adult animals.

Most adult dogs and cats need worming every 3 months for tapeworm and roundworm. Most modern wormers your vet can supply will tackle both types of worms very effectively. If your cat is a particularly good hunter and eats what is caught, then worming once a month might be required.

Wormers that come as ‘drops’ to go on the back of the head often only do roundworms in dogs though cats are luckier and can have ‘drops’ that do both roundworms & tapeworms.

Horses & donkeys need regular roundworm and tapeworm treatment too especially over the spring and summer months. Your veterinary surgeon should be able to advise you depending on your circumstances / availability of grazing and number of animals.

Nail clipping & obesity

Because at times our lives are too complicated, normal routines might get put on hold. Often dogs are not walked quite as often or as far. This can lead to nail over-growth and because feeding levels do not change to accommodate the reduced amount of exercise, wait gain can be a gradual undetected issue which surfaces later.

Rabbits and other small animals nails may get overlooked as well.

Cats rarely have a problem, but it is wise to check them periodically especially in the older cat.

Horses need the farrier regularly to ensure their hooves are kept in good order. People often do this every 6 weeks or so.

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