The Importance of
Protecting your pet from parasites
Below is a list of parasites we can help you protect against.
As the name suggests, the Paralysis Tick is a dangerous little critter that can cause life threatening paralysis. They might be small but they are one of the most dangerous parasites affecting our pets.
When the tick has latched on to a host, it engorges with blood and at the same time injects a neurotoxin which causes the paralysis. Symptoms generally start with weakness in the hind legs which will then progress to all four legs. Once paralysis reaches the chest and throat the animal is in serious danger.
As ticks are extremely common in the warm Queensland climate, tick prevention is essential to keep pets safe from deadly paralysis! We recommend using a tick preventative all year round. We have a range of tick preventatives available in clinic, please speak to our staff members about the most suitable option for your pet.
Intestinal Worm Prevention
Worms are parasite which inhabit the intestines of your pets. The four main types of intestinal worms are Roundworms, Hookworms, Whipworms and Tapeworms.
Intestinal worms are contacted from the faeces of infected animals. Worm eggs can also drop onto soil and grass, they then hatch and the larvae can be ingested by your pet. Pets may also contract intestinal worms from fleas or they may be passed on to a puppy or kitten from their mother.
Some intestinal worms are zoonotic – meaning they are transmissible to humans. To keep you and your pets parasite free, it is especially important that you keep up-to-date with their worming treatment.
We recommend using a good quality worming tablet which we have available from the practice. Please be aware that some of the cheaper varieties are not as effective as they don’t cover all of the worm species! For the health of your pet and your family, please discuss a quality wormer with our friendly staff.
Fleas not only cause a lot of discomfort to your pet, but they also carry tapeworm. Tapeworm are transmitted when your pet ingests the flea as they groom themselves.
Many dogs and cats also suffer from Flea Allergy Dermatitis which is caused by a reaction to the saliva of fleas. This can often be tricky to treat and veterinary consultation is recommended.
Luckily fleas can easily be prevented with one of our chewable or spot on veterinary-grade products. We have a comprehensive range of preventative products in clinic, please speak to our staff members about the most suitable option for your pet.
Heartworm is spread from one dog to another through the bite of an infected mosquito. When the mosquito bites the dog it infects them with the heartworm larvae. The larvae then migrate through the dog’s body until they reach the heart and lungs where adult worms grow and reproduce. If left untreated, worms can grown up to 30cm in length and can eventually cause fatal heart and lung failure.
Many pets show few or no symptoms in the early stages of the disease. The longer the pet has heartworm, the more likely symptoms are to develop. The disease is usually in the advanced stages by the time an infected dog begins showing symptoms. A blood test is the best way to see if your pet has heartworm disease.
A recent study on Heartworm Disease in Australia showed that 40% of all dogs that tested positive for heartworm were being given a monthly preventative. This is why we recommend the annual heartworm injection ‘Proheart’. This convenient once a year injection eliminates the risk of missed or delayed monthly/3 monthly dosing, ensuring full protection for your pet.
Puppies cannot have the injection until they are 12 weeks old, so it is important to give them a monthly preventative until they are old enough for the injection.
If there has been a lapse in your pet’s heartworm prevention, they must be tested for the disease before preventative can be administered. Heartworm preventatives will not cure and infected animal, your pet will require veterinary treatment to cure them of heartworm. Treatment is costly and comes with various health risks, which is why prevention is key!
Please contact us on 5492 7997 to book an appointment or to discuss flea, tick, worm and heartworm prevention for your pet.