Flea and worm preventatives/treatments:
As a practice the Ark recommends Advocate as its general flea preventative and treatment. Advocate also treats certain mites, lice and roundworms. It treats heartworm for the Pet Passport Scheme and more importantly is a liscenced preventative for Lungworm. The product comes in a spot-on application for use every 4 weeks (28 days.) The only parasite Advocate is not liscenced to treat or prevent are ticks. Usually only a problem in the summer months an alternative spot on product named Advantix is avaliable for dogs which stops ticks from attaching. In cats we recommend removal of ticks using an O'Tom tick remover. For more information please ask a member of staff.
Advocate treats against roundworms but your pet still needs to be wormed against tapeworm. There are several products avaliable for this; in practice we recommend worming with Milbemax. Pets should be womed every 3-6months dependant upon your pets individual circumstances (cats who are hunters or dogs who are scavengers should be wormed more frequently) so please ask a member of staff for an individual recommendation. Puppies and kittens should be wormed on a more regular basis, please contact us for more information.
The practice also recommends regular worming of rabbits every 6 months to prevent the parasite E.cuniculi. Encephalitozoon Cuniculi is a small protozoan that lives inside the body cells of its host. The parasite can cause symptoms such as a head tilt, seizures, hind limb weakness, urinary incontinence and other neurological signs. Panacur paste is given on a weight based dosage over a period of 9 days.
Please ask a member of staff more more details.
Pet Passport Scheme:
The practice has L.V.I Accredited Veterinary Surgeons and so can recommend a flea and worming regime suitable for use when your pet is travelling abroad. See our Pet Passport Scheme travel page for more information.