Regular worming is an essential part of good pet ownership. Intestinal worms live in the gastrointestinal system of cats and dogs and include hookworm, roundworm, whipworm and tapeworm. They can cause severe diarrhoea and disease, especially in puppies and kittens. Usually effective worm control can be achieved with a simple tablet.
Heartworm Prevention in Dogs
Heart worm is caught and spread by mosquitoes, the worms can grow up to 30cm long and become lodged in your dog’s heart, eventually causing heart failure and death. Protecting your dog against the potentially deadly effects of heartworm can be achieved by either an annual injection or a monthly tablet. Our staff can help you chose which product is best for you and your dog.
Note that intestinal “all wormer” tablets do NOT protect against heartworm.
Fleas are the most common external parasite we find on dogs and cats. They cause intense itching and hair loss, and may also trigger skin allergies or transmit other parasites to your dog. Flea prevention involves a monthly spot on treatment or oral tablet – contact us to make sure you use the right product. Beware as pyrethrin-based flea treatments are toxic to cats.
The dreaded paralysis tick is unfortunately common in the Tablelands region of Australia. Once a tick attaches to your pet’s skin it becomes engorged with blood and injects a potent toxin that causes muscle paralysis – this can cause death if the muscles that help your pet breathe become paralysed. Although tick antiserum is used to treat affected dogs, it is not always successful – prevention is much better than cure. There are several products available to help protect your pet against the paralysis tick. Our staff are trained and familiar with the latest products and can guide you as to what is best for your pet.
Contact your nearest Tableland Veterinary Service clinic to ensure your pet is protected against parasites – we can recommend the best products.