Spring has almost Sprung!

With warmer weather on the horizon, it’s time to get into gear with parasite prevention for our furry friends. As you know, we are incredibly lucky to live in the Monaro where we are free from most ticks and fleas. However, this doesn’t mean our favourite holiday or weekend destinations are as lucky. We still need to be on the front foot when it comes to worming our pets.

Worming
The most common intestinal worms that affect dogs in Australia are roundworm, hookworm, whipworm and tapeworm which can leave your dog with symptoms such as vomiting, loss of appetite, diarrhoea and in some severe cases death if they have a worm infestation. These common worms are controllable with routine worming treatments.

Your furry friends need to be wormed from a young age but if you have fallen off the worming bandwagon, it’s very simple to get back on board!

Puppies should be wormed every two weeks until twelve weeks of age, then monthly until six months of age. After 6 months your pet should be wormed every 3 months to ensure effective protection.

Snowy Vets customised ‘Worm Pack’ includes a years supply of parasite protection to ensure you never miss a tablet. We take the hard work of calendar counting out of the equation by sending you a reminder when your pet is due for their next tablet.

Heartworm is the sneaky little worm we need to pay a closer attention too especially if we leave the Monaro Area. Even quick trips down the Coast or to Canberra pose a risk for your pet. A simple Monthly or Annual prevention will keep your pet safe from the long (sometimes 30cm) worms! Yuck!! Ask our friendly staff today about our options for Intestinal wormers and Heartworm Prevention.

Fleas and Ticks
If there are fleas about, you can bet they will find their way into your dogs or cats coat. Whether they exist as eggs, larvae, or young fleas they will invade your pet, their environment and your home too.
There is an excellent variety of treatments available for treating fleas on your pet ranging from topical treatments (a liquid put on the back of the neck) or oral treatments (chews in yummy pet friendly flavours). A combination of treatments for your pet and a big clean of the house including your pets
bed and toys and anything else they come into contact with will see you be rid of those pesky fleas in no time.

Ticks are sneaky little parasites. They linger in dense bush, long grass, sandy and coastal areas waiting to attach themselves to a host to have blood meals and grow. Ticks are particularly nasty to your pets causing very serious illness and in some cases death. Paralysis ticks are the most concerning to us, as pet owners and Vets because they inject a neurotoxin into the bloodstream of
their host which causes progressive paralysis of muscles throughout the body.
For these reasons, it’s important to have adequate prevention for ticks when in affected areas.
Regular use of a tick treatment that not only kills the ticks but also repels them will aid in protecting your pet. Checking your pet daily for ticks is recommended (especially in tick seasons, Spring and Summer). Common areas to find them are attached around the head and neck, chest, mouth, gums and between the toes.

To ensure you and your pet have a safe and relaxing holiday, ask our friendly staff about our Coast Packs.

For more information on parasite prevention or how to have a safe and relaxing holiday give us a call and have a chat to our team of receptionist who can tailor a getaway pack perfect for your furry friend.

(02)64557800 — www.snowyvets.com.au — cooma@snowyvets.com.au