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...

My new kitten acquired the nickname ‘Fat Freddie’ because she had the cutest, round pot belly I’d ever seen. However, I was in for a surprise when on her first visit to the vet I discovered her roly-poly tummy was a symptom of intestinal worms!

Thankfully, Freddie would be fine (and a little slimmer) after a few days of treatment, and the vet reassured me that even the most loved, happy and healthy pets can get worms.

A wormy world
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...

Treating your cat for fleas all year round is really important to prevent fleas coming into your house, as well as keeping your cat happy and comfortable. 

Puppy and Kitten Flea Treatments

You need to be careful with giving puppy flea treatments and kitten flea treatments. Make sure you follow the manufactures guidelines accurately.

Treating the environment

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

Use a flea spray to spray beds, carpet and also outdoor beds so there is no chance of the fleas jumping back on your cat and coming back inside.

I don't see any fleas. Do I need to treat for fleas?

Yes you should, as fleas can hatch at any time....

Have you been successfully using a flea product over the cooler months only to find, now that the weather has warmed up, your pet is covered in fleas! You are not alone and before you decide that your current flea treatment is useless and throw it out, please read the rest of this article!

A quick look at the flea lifecycle will explain how this problem can occur and what to do about it. 

A well fed adult flea can lay hundreds of eggs which fall off your pet and into its immediate environment. When the weather is cooler flea eggs do not hatch into larvae and onto pupae; the whole process is put on hold until temperature and humidity are higher. So during the cooler months those few fleas that have managed to survive on your pet will...

vetwise logoParasites can cause a number of health problems for your pet, and some internal parasites can even be passed from cats and dogs to people. These invaders are known as zoonotic parasites.

Veterinarians divide parasites into two main categories: external (ectoparasites such as fleas, ticks and mites) and internal (endoparasites). Endoparasites are often harder to detect but typically cause more severe disease. Here are the common internal parasites, their symptoms and tips for prevention.

Hookworm
Hookworms are short (10mm), thick worms that are whitish- to reddish-brown with a hooked front end. Ancylostoma and Uncinaria species infect both cats and dogs.

Pets can be infected by skin penetration (burrowing) and ingestion of...