The number and variety of parasites affecting pets in the UK has changed substantially over recent years. Thanks to modern day living with central heating, flea pupae can survive dormant in carpets, soft furnishings and between floorboards, without the pet, for up to 1 year. Lungworm has spread across the country to regions that it previously has not been seen in and a recent report found ticks affected 1 in 3 dogs.
Call us to book your free flea and tick check where you will also get preventative treatment options and advice tailored to your pet’s specific needs.
To do this we take into account the local area's parasite make up, as well as your pet’s lifestyle to be able to best advise on the most suitable products. For example, does your dog swim regularly? Is your cat an indoor only cat? Do your pets hunt or scavenge? The answers to these and other questions will help us to determine the most suitable parasite preventative care plan to keep your pet, family and home free from parasites and the diseases they carry.
Watch our video for some surprising pet parasites particulars, then test your knowledge with our below quizzes.
Did you know that cats and dogs age at around 7 years to every human year? So visiting the vet every 6 months is the equivalent to us seeing a doctor once every three and a half years!
Like us, our pets can develop age related diseases such as diabetes, kidney problems or issues with their eyesight. They will often hide any discomfort they are in though, due to their primal survival instincts, leading back to when our pets were wild.
Whilst vets look for hidden signs of pain and early indications of diseases, these are often only apparent when diseases become severe enough to produce symptoms such as excessive drinking, urination or fluctuations in weight.
A simple blood test, urine test and test for dry eye accompanied by a routine physical exam can help us tell you if your pet is as healthy on the inside as they look on the outside, or if early signs of age related disease are present.
So if your cat or dog is older than 7 (that's nearly 50 in dog years) why not book them in for a senior pet health screen* today?
*Terms & conditions: health screenings for senior pets are available for healthy cats and dogs over 7 years old. Screening includes initial consult, blood sampling fee, WELN Idexx blood profile, urine dipstick and gravity tests, a schirmer tear test and results provided over the phone. Any additional tests or fees are chargeable at full price. Offer available 1st October 2017 – 31st January 2018.