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FLEA, TICK, AND WORM PREVENTION

TICKS

Paralysis Ticks can be a life-threatening problem all year round but particularly in the warmer months and especially after rain. If you are in a known paralysis tick area or your dog is likely to come into contact with ticks (check with the clinic) use a suitable prevention program. Note that no product is guaranteed 100% effective. Nothing beats checking your dog over by hand each day – remove any ticks straight away and monitor your dog closely for signs of tick poisoning. The earlier we catch the problem, the better chance we have of saving your pet.

SYMPTOMS of tick paralysis include:

  • Wobbly back legs

  • Change in voice

  • Coughing

  • Gagging

  • Vomiting

  • Depression

  • Total collapse

Seek veterinary attention immediately if your dog is showing any of these signs!

We recommend Bravecto or Nexgard which provide prevention against both ticks and fleas in one easy, chewable tablet.

Tick and flea products available at our clinic include:

  • Nexgard/Nexgard Spectra - This is a monthly chewable tablet which is safe to start from 8 weeks of age to treat fleas and ticks. Nexgard Spectra also treats Heartworm and most intestinal worms.

  • Bravecto - Available as a monthly chewable tablet or a Spot On. It is safe to start from 8 weeks of age and is given every 3 months for the tablet or every 6 months for the Spot On. It covers fleas and ticks.

HEARTWORM PREVENTION

Heartworm is a parasite that is transmitted as larvae in blood to dogs by mosquitoes and then moves to the chambers of the dog’s heart, growing to adult worms and eventually causing death by heart failure. It is a common parasite in Brisbane and all pups should start prevention at 10-12 weeks of age with consistent prevention for life.


Various products are available including annual injections or monthly tablets. We recommend PROHEART injections for the prevention of heartworm disease. Puppies should have their first injection at 12 weeks of age followed by a booster at 6 months (often at the time of desexing) and then annually with vaccination for life. With the injection you can rest assured that your pet has the very best cover possible. This can be combined with their annual vaccination booster.


Monthly tablets available that prevent heartworm include Heartgard, Milpro, Nexgard Spectra, Interceptor, Sentinel and Comfortis Plus.

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CAT PARASITE PREVENTION

There are many different products available, that cover various parasites. More information about each of the parasites is below, but here is a summary of the simplest combination of products to cover intestinal worms, heartworm, fleas and ticks: 

  1. For kittens under 12 weeks, worm with an oral wormer such as Milpro, every fortnight from 2 to 12 weeks of age.

  2. For adult, indoor cats that don’t need tick prevention: Revolution monthly + Popantel (tape wormer) every 3 months.

  3. For adult, outdoor cats: Bravecto Plus every 2 months (covering ticks, fleas and heartworm), + Drontal or Milpro wormer for intestinal worms every 3 months. Hunting cats, including indoor cats that eat geckos, may need additional tapeworm cover for Spirometra every 3 months.

 

Hunting cats, including indoor cats that eat geckos, may need additional tapeworm cover for Spirometra every 3 months.

INTESTINAL WORMING

What should your puppy be wormed against?
Roundworm, Hookworm, Tapeworm and Whipworm.
Worms can kill puppies, and some are transmissible to humans, especially children so it is very important to prevent infestation.
Puppy worming schedule
We recommend worming every 2 weeks up to 12 weeks of age, then monthly until 6 months of age, then every 3 months for the rest of your dog’s life. It is important to dose your puppy according to their weight and we recommend to use an allwormer such as Drontal or Milpro to kill all intestinal worms including tapeworm, roundworm, whipworm, and hookworm.
If your puppy is on Comfortis Plus or Nexgard Spectra it only needs a tapewormer tablet as these heartworm and flea drugs also treat the other intestinal worms

FLEAS

Flea control is very important for small puppies. A large flea burden can cause anaemia, intense itching and secondary skin infections. We recommend all pets are on year-round flea control. In Brisbane’s warm humid climate it can be very difficult to eradicate a flea burden in your house and yard – it is much better to keep them away in the first place. All animals in the household must be treated for control to be effective (ALL dogs and cats).