What's on your mind?
We get asked all kinds of questions daily, from the general health and wellbeing of pets to the best ways to administer different types of medication. Here are some of the more common questions. If you can't quite find the answer you are looking for you can get in touch with one of our Petsense Direct AMTRA qualified experts today by live chat, email or phone.
How often should I worm my dog and cat?
Dogs and cats over the age of six months should be wormed every three months. Puppies and kittens are usually wormed from the age of two weeks. They are then wormed regularly every 2-3 weeks until they reach 12 weeks then every month until they reach six months. More information about wormers can be found on our product pages.
How can I tell if my dog has worms?
There are a number of symptoms that could be present in a dog that is suffering from an infestation of worms. Look out for appetite or weight loss, diarrhoea, general sickness, coughing, fatigue or a swollen stomach. If you think that your dog may be displaying any these symptoms we advise you visit your vet. Alternatively, visit our websites worming section to buy your pets next course of wormers and for handy tips and instructions.
My pet isn't showing any sign of worms. Does that mean I don't have to?
All pets should be wormed routinely. The problem with worms is that by the time the symptoms show your pet is already suffering and spreading it in your own environment. To protect your pet and your home we recommend worming at least every three months.
My cat is an outdoor cat and often brings home mice. Does that make a worm infection more likely?
Yes! It definitely will increase the chances. Mice and other small rodents are commonly infected by tapeworm but can also spread a roundworm infection too.
Is there a connection between worms and fleas?
There is! Fleas are often infected with the larval stage of the Flea Tapeworm. If cats or dogs swallow an infected flea, the worm will develop in the gut.
Why is regular flea treatment so important?
Fleas have the potential to cause serious damage to cats and dogs including Flea Allergy Dermatitis and Anaemia. A carrier of the tapeworm larvae, they can become very easily infected through accidentally ingesting them while grooming. Flea treatments are often used to control conditions such as Flea Allergy Dermatitis so regular flea treatment will make a large impact to the health of your pet.
Why isn't my flea treatment working, I can still see fleas on my cats coat?
Flea treatments such as Frontline Spot On work by killing fleas through contact and not through the bloodstream, therefore it can take up to 24 hours of coming into contact before the flea will be killed. At the moment there is not a product available which will repel all fleas completely. Fleas can breed at exceptional rates so we suggest you also treat your home for any eggs or larvae and regularly hoover your home, especially all pet bedding.
Are fleas an all year round problem?
Most households are an ideal environment for fleas to live and breed, Deep pile carpets and central heating match the optimum tempurature for fleas to thrive and as a result does make fleas an all year problem. We recommend a yearly treatment program for your pet.
Why is it necessary to clear up my dog's mess?
A single mature dog roundworm, known as the Toxocara canis, can produce up to 80,000 eggs a day, all of which are excreted in the dog's poo. If you don't clean up after your dog those eggs will remain in the environment, potentially causing harm and infecting other dogs or possibly children too.