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Worms and Fleas
Although your cat or dog may not show signs of ill health, it's important to check and de-worm him or her regularly because roundworm or tapeworms may be lurking inside their guts.
These worms feed off the food a pet consumes and, if symptoms are evident, may cause them to be sick or suffer from diarrhoea. There is also a concern about the eggs from worms being secreted when a pet goes to the toilet, running the risk of a child picking up the mess and being cross-contaminated - although, this rare, thankfully.
Fortunately, de-worming your cat or dog is a cheap, simple exercise. There are many precautions
available that only need to be administeredevery three months to a cat and every six months to a dog. The best advice you can get is to consult your vet - they will advise you appropriately.
For dogs, if you have a bitch that you intend to breed from, it is advisable to de-worm her just before she is about to mate and then 45 days into the pregnancy, as well as when the puppies have been born. The puppies themselves will need to be de-wormed four times in their first six months of life, with the first treat administered after just two weeks. As ever, with a pregnant bitch and then her puppies, it is best to ask your vet as to exactly when this should be done and with what medication.
The same advice applies to a cat. It is also very important to
de-worm kittens three weeks or so after birth and then from six months of age they should be dieally be de-wormed every three months. Routine de-worming is widely regarded by vets as one of the cheapest ways of keeping a pet healthy and, crucially, preventing dog mess from infecting humans.
Fleas are normally easier to detect in both cats or dogs
than worms because they will almost certainly cause the pet to become irritated and scratch at their coat. Even if your dog or cat is not shwoing signs of being infected with fleas, it is a good idea to inspect their coat, particularly along the spine.
The fleas are normally brown and hop around when disturbed and, if you detect what may look like coal dust, this is actually flea waste, a sure sign that your cat or dog has a problem.
There are many cheap, effective flea remedies available. These should be applied according to the instructions not only to the cat or dog, but also to their bedding and around the carpets and skirting boards. Crucially, a vacuum cleaner's bag also needs to be sprayed to prevent the fleas breeding inside it.
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