Worming your dog
We use and recommend Advocate and Drontal.
Advocate is obviously not just used as a flea treatment we use it as part of our worming treatment, thus to treat all stages and types of worms in our dogs, not just the adult stage of intestinal worms.
It is very important to worm your dog correctly and as with any products you are going to be giving your dog please check with a vet first.
What is heartworm disease?
Heartworm (Dirofliaria immitis) is spread by mosquitoes and has the potential to cause heart failure and death. Your pet does not have to be in contact with other dogs to develop this disease.
More than 65% of the dog population in Australia lives in high heartworm expectancy areas.
Now, with just one easy dose, your pet can be protected all year round. Before a puppy is 12 months old, treatments may be given more often.
Once-A-Year Heartworm Protection is administered by your vet and takes away the risk of forgetting monthly or daily dosing. Simply arrange to treat your dog as a part of the annual health check, and you can forget about heartworm... for a whole year!
The heartworm lifecycle
* Carrier mosquitoes infect healthy dogs while sucking blood.
* Larvae develop in tissues and migrate to the heart where they mature to adult worms.
* Fertilised adult female heartworms release microfilariae into the blood.
* Mosquitoes ingest microfilariae while sucking blood from infected dogs.
It may only take a single bite from a carrier mosquito to infect your dog. The mosquito infects your dog with heartworm larvae as it feeds on your dog's blood. These larvae then migrate through your dog's tissues to the heart and adjacent blood vessels of the lungs where they grow into adult worms.
In the early stages of heartworm infection, there may be no outward signs of disease.
Your vet may recommend a simple blood test before starting heartworm protection for the first time, or if doses have been missed, or as part of your dog's annual check-up.
Intestinal parasites are parasites that can infect the gastro-intestinal tract of animals. They can live throughout the body, but most prefer the intestinal wall. Means of exposure include ingestion, drinking infected water, and skin absorption.
Examples include worms, like roundworms, whipworms, hookworms, tapeworms and protozoa, such as, giardia and coccidia.
The most common signs and symptoms of intestinal parasites are:
- A distended abdomen
- Weight loss
- Occasionally coughing