Worms are a common problem for cats and dogs – especially young kittens and puppies. The nasty parasites live inside their stomach and intestines – getting first dibs on the nutrients and goodness in their food.

Worms come in many shapes and sizes, from the large, stringy roundworm to the tiny hookworm. The two most prevalent are the tapeworm and roundworm.

Tapeworms develop inside fleas that have eaten tapeworm eggs, which the pet then swallows when grooming. Widespread in your pet’s environment, they can grow up to half a metre long and deprive your pet of valuable nutrients from their ideal spot in the intestinal tract.

Roundworms live in the stomach and are contracted when, via an innocent sniff or accidental tread, your...

WIN THE BATTLE AGAINST FLEAS

Flea bite hypersensitivity is a common cause of a severely itchy skin disease in cats and dogs. The itch is caused by an allergic reaction to the flea's saliva which the flea injects into the skin as it feeds. Cats and dogs without this allergic response can tolerate the flea bites, meaning they can have fleas and only be mildly itchy. There are many cats and dogs without flea allergy that have fleas and show no signs at all. However, in cats and dogs with flea bite hypersensitivity, their skins' reaction to one flea bite is immediate and excessive and this leads to a severe itch for up to one week.

WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF FLEA BITE ALLERGIES?

Fleas drive hypersensitive cats and dogs and their skin crazy! It is this...

IT'S TIME TO DITCH THE ITCH

There are several reasons why dogs and cats will scratch, lick or bite. The bottom line is... don't let them suffer!

If you as the pet’s owner are being driven “nuts” by the pet’s scratching and licking, imagine how awful your poor pet must feel.

The most common types of skin and coat issues are:

Environmental Dermatitis

Pet’s in this category present with signs of itching and scratching, hair loss and skin irritation. Many pets are very sensitive to simple lawn grasses, by matching what is visible on the pet’s skin with a probable environmental irritant - the cause of the skin problem can be determined and treated.

An example is moist eczema, or more commonly called hot spot. These skin lesions often occur as a...

Fleas can be a major problem for pets and their owners. Even if they never leave the house, pets can be exposed to these blood-sucking parasites. Preventing flea infestations is the best protection against them. Comfortis® (spinosad) for dogs and cats starts killing fleas within 30 minutes, before they can lay eggs. And Comfortis lasts a whole month — it can't be washed, rubbed or shaken off.

Why are fleas so hard to control?

Once in your home, a female flea can produce 40–50 eggs per day,1 so even a few fleas can quickly turn into a major infestation. Flea larvae turn into pupae, which are generally more impervious to flea control products applied to the animal or its environment. Adult fleas erupt out of their pupal stage, or...

Treating fleas year round is really important as you don’t want to let them into your house.

Puppy Flea Treatments

You need to be careful with flea treatments on your puppies and follow the manufactures guidelines accurately. As a puppy is only small the flea treatment of their normal weight may be too high.

Treating The Environment

Fleas generally don’t like to live on the pet, so will jump on have a feed and then jump off again.

Make sure you spray beds, carpet and also outdoor beds so there is no chance of the fleas jumping back on the cat or dog and coming back in side.

I Don't See Any Fleas Do I Need To Treat For Them?

Yes you should, as fleas can hatch at any time, sometimes the vibrations from your vacuum...