Brushing your dog's coat is important because without it, his or her fur can become matted, which can lead to skin irritation. It's also good practice to keep your dog's ears clean and their claws trimmed. However, it's important that you speak to your vet first for advice.
When your dog plays outside, fleas can hop onto his or her coat. Then when your pet comes back indoors, so do the fleas. The fleas will begin laying eggs, which your dog will unwittingly spread all around the house. The eggs hatch into larvae, which live in carpets and pet's bedding. They pupate and develop into new adult fleas, which emerge ready to feed on your pet's blood. The adult fleas cause itching and scratching, and not just for your pet – fleas bite humans too. To stop your dog and home becoming infested with fleas it's essential that your pet receive suitable flea protection. De-fleaing your pet regularly is doubly important, as fleas are often carriers of Tapeworm larvae, which can lead to infection.
Your dog may show no signs at all of having a worm infection, which is why it is so important to de-worm your pet at least every three months – not least as some worms can also infect humans, with children being most at risk.
Nutritious food is essential to keep your dog firing on all cylinders, but what's good for one dog might not necessarily be suitable for another. Choosing the correct diet for your dog depends on many factors ranging from breed and life stage to their level of activity – as well as their personal preference. Making the right choice about your dog's diet can be tricky, so it's always worth seeking the advice of your vet.
Just like humans, a dog's overall health is linked to his or her level of activity. Whether you have a lively young puppy or a faithful old friend, it's important that you help your dog enjoy a level of exercise appropriate for their life stage. This could take the form of a long and leisurely walk in the countryside or, a lively ball chasing session in the park. However you choose to do it, exercising your dog will keep him or her happy.
Your cat probably already spends a great deal of time keeping itself clean, but extra grooming is also very important. Combing your cat's coat helps remove loose hairs, which may otherwise be inadvertently swallowed and eventually become hairballs. Combing a cat's fur is also a great opportunity to check for small, dark specks of dirt-like material on the skin, which may indicate a flea infestation. It's also good practice to keep your cat's ears clean and their claws trimmed. However, it's important that you speak to your vet first for advice.
When your cat goes outside, fleas can hop onto his or her coat. Then when your pet comes back indoors, so do the fleas. The fleas will begin laying eggs, which your cat will unwittingly spread all around the house. The eggs hatch into larvae, which live in carpets and pet's bedding. They pupate and develop into new adult fleas, which emerge ready to feed on your pet's blood. The adult fleas cause itching and scratching, and not just for your pet – fleas bite humans too. To stop your cat and home becoming infested with fleas it's essential that your pet receives suitable flea protection. De-fleaing your pet regularly is doubly important, as fleas are often carriers of Tapeworm larvae, which can lead to infection.
Your cat may show no signs at all of having a worm infection, which is why it is so important to de-worm your pet at least every three months – not least as some worms can also infect humans, with children being most at risk.
Nutritious food is essential to keep your cat firing on all cylinders, but what's good for one cat might not necessarily be suitable for another. Choosing the correct diet for your cat depends on many factors ranging from breed and life stage to their level of activity – as well as their personal preference. Making the right choice about your cat's diet can be tricky, so it's always worth seeking the advice of your vet.
Just like humans, a cat's overall health is linked to his or her level of activity. Whilst some cats are not naturally enthusiastic about exercise, it's important to encourage them into some form of regular activity. Of course, many cats love nothing more than dashing around outside but if your cat takes a more ‘relaxed' attitude to life, why not utilise their natural curiosity and playfulness to tempt them into an indoor pretend 'hunting' game?
Below is a selection of the most frequently asked questions about intestinal worms, worming your pet and the Drontal® range of worming products. Always read the full package leaflet before use.
It is advised that an adult dog or cat should be treated for worms at least four times a year. There may be specific instances however where more frequent worming treatment is desirable. These would include: worming of puppies and kittens; cats that hunt and eat mice; dogs and cats experiencing repeated flea problems.
Drontal® is the wormer that kills every type of intestinal worm commonly found in UK dogs and cats. (Roundworms, Hookworms, Whipworms, and Tapeworms)
In general, Drontal® Plus Flavour Bone Shape and Drontal® Cat Tablets don't have this effect, although the possibility of occasional vomiting or diarrhoea can't be entirely ruled out. If you so see any adverse signs please notify your veterinary surgeon.
Some wormers require you to starve the animal before treatment. This is not necessary when you use Droncit, Drontal® Plus Flavour Bone Shape, Drontal® Cat Tablets, Drontal® Puppy Suspension or Droncit Spot-on.
Bayer Animal Health offers a whole range of small animal wormers. Drontal® Plus Flavour Bone Shape (for dogs) and Drontal® Cat tablets kill every type of intestinal worm commonly found in UK dogs and cats. Drontal® Oral Suspension for Puppies is available for use in puppies and young dogs, up to 1 year old. This product will control Roundworms, Whipworms and Hookworms, and is available as an easy to use liquid. Most young puppies should not need to be treated for Tapeworms, making Drontal® Oral Suspension for Puppies a very suitable choice. Should a puppy need Tapeworm treatment however, or if tablets are preferred, then Drontal® Plus Flavour Bone Shape is licensed for use in puppies from 2 weeks old. Should you need to specifically treat for Tapeworms, Droncit Tablets are licensed for use in both dogs and cats. In addition Droncit Spot-on, is available as an easy to use spot-on treatment for cats.
Drontal® Plus Flavour Bone Shape and Drontal® Cat Tablets are both sold as tablets. These may be given whole or may be concealed in food. Drontal® Oral Suspension for Puppies comes as a pink suspension and is given to the puppy/young dog by means of a syringe, which makes oral dosing simple. Droncit is available as a tablet licensed for use in dogs and cats, or as a spot-on liquid, which you simply squeeze onto the back of your cat's neck.
It is common for puppies to be born with worm larvae already present, having been exposed to them while still in the bitch's womb. It is advisable, therefore, to start a worming programme at 2 weeks of age, and to continue worming once a fortnight until 12 weeks old. It is also advisable to treat the bitch at the same time as the pups. Once a pup reaches 12 weeks of age, it should then be treated at least every 3 months.
By contrast, kittens are not born with worm larvae already present, so worming does not need to start until 6 weeks old, with further treatments every 3 weeks, until 4 months old. Thereafter, worming at least every 3 months should be adopted.
Certain worms are capable of being transmitted from animals to humans. Such worms are said to have a 'zoonotic potential'. The dog Roundworm, Toxocara canis, is the best known of these (but the cat Roundworm T. cati can also be responsible) and human infection may occur if a person swallows the microscopic worm eggs, having picked them up from contaminated soil, with small children being at the greatest risk.
The damage to health is done by the larvae of the Roundworm as they migrate through the body from the gut. They can arrive, for example, in the eye, causing permanent damage to the sight.
Worming preparations do not persist in the body, nor do they remain active against worms. That's why it is important to try to keep your pet away from sources of worm infection, and to implement a policy of strategic worming using an effective product, such as Drontal® Plus Flavour Bone Shape or Drontal® Cat Tablets.
There are several reasons for regular worming: Routine worming helps to ensure the well-being of your pet. It may be necessary to treat clinical disease arising from the presence of worms. Regular treatment reduces environmental contamination. Public health considerations.
In the early stages of infection, it's very difficult, and in many cases you simply will not know as the worms remain hidden inside your pet’s gut. Mature Tapeworms start shedding egg-filled segments, which irritate the pet's bottom as they wriggle out of the anus (and may be seen as what look like ‘grains of rice’) In dogs, this causes the classic symptom of Tapeworm infection -- 'scooting', or dragging the bottom along the ground. Apart from this, there are few definite signs, but these may include vomiting, diarrhoea, a dull, lifeless coat, a loss of appetite, lack of energy, and, especially in puppies and kittens, a pot-bellied appearance.
Unfortunately, the answer is no. Drontal® will kill every type of intestinal worm normally found in cats and dogs in the UK, but there is nothing available to prevent infection in the first place.
A single mature dog Roundworm (Toxocara canis) can produce 80,000 eggs a day, which are excreted with the dog's poo. If you don't clear it up, all of those eggs will remain in the environment, to infect other dogs and possibly children too.
Fleas are often infected with the larval stage of the Flea Tapeworm. If cats or dogs swallow an infected flea, the worm develops in the gut.
The point is that by the time symptoms are obvious your pet is already suffering. What's more, your pet will be spreading infection in the environment. For both reasons, it's much better to worm your pet routinely, at least every three months.
Yes it does! Mice and other small rodents are often infected by a very common Tapeworm. They can also pass on a Roundworm infection.
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