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Flea, Tick & Worming

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Flea, Tick & Worming

Its confusing right? So many products and so much conflicting advice. If only there was one product that covered everything, I promise we would be advising it. What we will do, is help you pick the combination of protection that’s right for your dog and your family.

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Fleas

There are both cat and dog fleas, though the cat flea will live on both cats, dogs and rabbits. Look for evidence of dark specks or white dandruff like specks close to the skin especially close to the tail, deep under the fur, this is the flea dirt.

You may occasionally see an actual flea which is small brown and runs or jumps quickly once discovered. Fleas will lay eggs in your house, and can pass tapeworms to your dog. Oh, and they’ll bite you too, but they won’t stay for long on a human. Infact 80% of a flea’s life is spent living in your house and not on your pet. If you see fleas on your pet then we advise that you treat your house with a spray which we can recommend and know works.

In a busy city like Liverpool, resistance has developed to some of the older and weaker products on the market, so we advise you to use specific products we trust will work well and safely. These are medicines which require you to be registered with a Vet  before we can supply them, so we offer a free check to pick what’s best. If you’re dog has had fleas, you will need to spray in the house too, and once again, Id recommend a vet licensed product to make sure the job gets done

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Worms

There are 3 main types of worms we see in dogs in Liverpool

Roundworms;

Long spaghetti like worms which a dog can vomit up or pass in faeces. Their larvae can cause illness in humans so always be sure to pick up all dog faeces

Tapeworms

These look like small pieces of rice in faeces and can be passed by fleas.

Lungworms

Unfortunately we now have many confirmed cases of lungworms in Liverpool and protecting your dog needs monthly treatment with a vet prescribed tablet or spot on. They can be contracted through contact with slugs or snails. This is a horrible condition which can be life threatening and I recommend without hesitation that all our dogs are treated regularly to prevent it.

If your dog starts to cough and is under the weather, we offer a quick blood test in the clinic to check for Lungworm

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Ticks

Are small creatures, a bit like spiders that are usually found in grassy areas such as when out on walks in the Lake District. They attach to the skin and increase in size over a few days but usually make the area painful to the touch. They can also spread a condition like arthritis, Lyme Disease.

We sell products which can kill a tick after it has bitten, though it may still need removing. We also have a product which repels ticks so they do not bite at all. We can also safely remove a tick from your pet at the clinic.

Our products use some of the newest medications to which there is no known resistance but your pet needs to be registered with us first before we can dispense them to you. It can seem confusing as there just isn’t one treatment that covers everything, but we will guide you through the products, and find the right fit for you and your pet.

11 Cleveland Square
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9am -6pm Mon - Fri | 9-12 Sat

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The Liverpool Vets Limited
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