Does your pet have a parasite? Learn more about common critters here
When it comes to treating your pet for parasites, a preventative approach is strongly recommended. However, it’s also important to know which symptoms to look out for so that you can treat your pet quickly and efficiently should they ever develop a problem.
Below is a list of the common symptoms associated with flea and worm infestations. If you ever have a concern about your pet’s well being however, or worry they may be experiencing a different type of parasite, don’t ever hesitate to contact us.
Symptoms of a flea problem in your pet may include:
Black/brown/reddish dots scurrying in your pet’s fur
Black/brown/reddish ‘dandruff’in your pet’s fur (flea droppings)
Sore, red, itchy lumps appearing on your pet’s flesh (you and your family may also experience this)
Weight loss (this is typically a symptom that only affects elderly and very young pets)
Top tip: A great way to check your pet for fleas is to run a flea comb through their fur. As you move the comb, hold a piece of damp kitchen towel underneath. Any fleas or droppings will fall onto the paper. If you discover fleas, simply squash them with the back of your nail before they have the opportunity to hop onto your furniture.
Symptoms of a worm problem in your pet may include:
Dry, coarse or greasy fur
Losing weight (despite eating normally)
Sickness and diarrhoea
What looks like grains of rice wriggling in your pet’s vomit and faeces
Please note: Lungworm (which can only be contracted by dogs) can be spread by snails, slugs and frogs. You should therefore be cautious whenever your pet is exposed to environments where you may find these animals, such as ponds, rivers, puddles and communal water bowls. Additionally, don’t leave your pet’s toys in the garden overnight. They may become damp and cold and attract slimy garden creatures.
For more information about parasites and how to identify them, or to book an appointment at our practice, please contact our friendly team by calling 01530 270170.
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