Why Protect?

Learn why we believe everyone should protect their pets from the hidden dangers of parasites.

Fleas

Fleas can infect your pet with tapeworm too. Fleas carry tapeworm larvae which develop into adult tapeworms once your itchy pet has swallowed them. 

A female flea can lay fifty eggs per day. In a nice warm home these eggs may develop into adults in as little as 14 days.

For every flea you see on your pet, one hundred immature fleas will be living in your home, typically on your pet’s bedding, the sofa, carpet and cracks in wooden floors.

Fleas will cause your pet distress and skin irritation as they feed on their blood. Once an adult flea has hatched it required daily blood meals in order to survive. For young, old or sick animals with a large burden there is a risk of anaemia.

Continued exposure to fleas may trigger a flea allergy which exaggerates the bodies reaction to flea saliva and can cause prolonged skin irritation and infections

Ticks

Female ticks increase their weight by up to 120 times as they feed on blood in preparation to lay eggs.

Ticks search for a host to feed upon by climbing up plants, ready to jump on to passing animals, such as your cat or dog (or perhaps even you!). That is why you often find ticks after a walk in woodland or fields.

Ticks are only temporary blood feeders, remaining on a host for one to two weeks before dropping off to continue the next stage of their lifecycle.

Ticks spread diseases which affect animals and people. Their saliva may be contaminated with bacteria, viruses or other small parasites. Lyme disease is a well known bacterial infection that affects cats, dogs and humans.

Worms

There are many ways your pet can become infected with intestinal worms. Eating uncooked meat increases the risk of contamination, if your pet is fed a raw diet, or is a hunter, then it is particularly important to ensure their worming treatment is up to date.

In the United Kingdom there are four common types of intestinal worms that infect our cats and dogs: roundworms, tapeworms, hookworms and whipworms. Our worming treatments kill all four of these worms.

You may not know that your pet has worms. Most adult worms remain within your pets intestines and detection requires microscopic examination of faeces for worm eggs. For this reason the use of regular preventative treatment is strongly recommended.

Symptoms of intestinal worms include diarrhoea, vomiting, weight loss, lethargy and a poor coat