When you bring home your new pet, family members may be excited and slightly distracted, forgetting about the practicality of owning an animal.
Pets, especially dogs and cats, require regular attention to keep them in perfect health. One tip is to administer flea and worm treatment; a monthly top-up that can help to protect your pet against serious health complications in the long-term.
In this guide, we’ve shared all you need to know about flea and worm treatment for dogs:
How often do pets need to be treated?
When your pet visits their vet for the first time, you’ll be informed about the regular treatments that they need to keep them healthy. Appointments for their annual vaccinations will be made and your vet will advise you to keep up-to-date with their flea and worm treatments.
You should de-flea and worm your pet once a month. Not only will this prevent them from experiencing the side effects of either condition, but it’ll allow your pet to be completely protected and free from suffering.
Flea treatment for dogs
Although they are one of the most common types of dog problems, fleas can result in health complications if your pet isn’t regularly treated for them.
The most common signs of fleas in dogs are:
- Excessive itching or biting the skin
- Hair loss
- Visible eggs on the fur
Flea infestation can cause excess itching which can tear or damage the skin. This could cause bacterial infections which in extreme circumstances, could pose a long-term threat to their health.
Types of dog flea treatment
If you suspect that your dog has fleas, you should give them a flea treatment immediately. There are many different types of dog flea treatments available, with the most popular being drops, collars, tablets or sprays.
You should also conduct a deep clean of your house to completely kill the parasite. Following this, flea treatments should be given routinely to prevent the infestation from returning.
You should also be aware of worms in dogs; a type of parasite that lives within your pet’s intestines. Lungworms, tapeworms and hookworms can grow rapidly when your dog eats something containing the parasite, but can also be caught by puppies when their mother gives birth.
Some of the symptoms of worms in dogs can include:
- Diarrhoea or vomiting
- Extreme coughing
- Lethargy or unusual tiredness
- Weight loss
Because worms in dogs can be passed to other animals and their human friends, you should take extra care to prevent them from growing in your dog’s intestines.
Injection, tablets or spot-on treatments are just a handful of options you could choose when looking into worming for dogs, although your vet will be able to recommend a treatment depending on whether your pet has already been infected or not.
As you can see, flea and worm treatments should always be given to prevent your pet from becoming seriously ill. If you suspect that your pet is suffering with either type of parasite infestation, it’s important to contact your vet and allow them to advise on the best treatment for your dog.