We see a number of different parasites in the South-West England, especially the New Forest area. The main ones that we want to protect your pets from are listed below.

Please note a lot of parasites are zoonotic or act as vectors for zoonotic diseases- this means they can affect people and are capable of causing life changing diseases or even death. Using appropriate parasite control is about protecting you and your family as owners as well as your pet(s).

Fleas

– cause skin irritation, and can lead to anaemia. Can also infest houses requiring a lot of treatment to eradicate, prevention is a much better option.

Intestinal worms (roundworm, whipworm, hookworm, tapeworm)

– can cause vomiting, diarrhoea, and weight loss, though adult dogs with low worm burdens may have no symptoms
– roundworms can be passed on to people as well and can lead to blindness, especially in children – it is therefore very important for any families with young children to prevent
roundworms in their dogs and cats.

Lungworm in Dogs

– causes bleeding – this can be internal bleeding, or show up as blood in faeces/vomit/urine, or unexplained bruising in skin or gums
– lungworm is transmitted by eating slugs or snails, or grass with slug trails on it (as larvae can be found in the slug trails)

Lungworm in Cats

– different to the dog lungworm and symptoms are much less severe and usually not life-
threatening – causes chronic cough
– picked up by eating snails, not from other cats

Ticks

– the tick bite area can become infected and painful
– ticks, especially in the New Forest area, can transmit Lyme disease (swollen joints, fever, limping) and Ehrlichia infection (anaemia, bleeding problems)

Fox mange

– causes dermatitis (very itchy skin, loss of fur, scabs)
– infects people as well as dogs transmitted via contact with fox faeces, does not need direct physical contact with the fox

Fly Strike

Caused by flies attracted to urine, faeces, the odour of the pets scent and moist fur. Most commonly seen in rabbits and hedgehogs but can affect other species.  Is extremely distressing and potentially fatal While more common on the summer months is not confined to them Can be very rapidly progressive with times as short as 2 hours from eggs to maggots

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