Heartworm prevention in dogs
Heartworm is the disease that nightmares are made of! 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.
Prevention of heartworm is one of the most important things you must do for your dog – curing heartworm is rarely successful. Note that intestinal “all wormer” tablets do NOT protect against heartworm.
At Whitehorse Veterinary Hospital we recommend an annual injection for your dog to protect against heartworm, but other products available include oral medication and a topical spot product.
Intestinal worms in cats and dogs
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 worming is done with a simple tablet. Call us on (03) 9878 3033 to find out what products we recommend.
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 – call us on (03) 9878 3033 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. 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. There are topical treatments available to protect your pet from ticks.