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With a much loved pet in the family, you will probably be concerned about their health as your own but unless they look ill in some way, or seem out of sorts, how can you be sure your pet is in good health?

Unfortunately, cats and dogs are prone to picking up parasites but in many cases they do not show any outward symptoms. If your pet appears to be in good health its easy to become complacent about worming and ectoparasite control.

Worms, fleas, lice and mites can live off your pets for weeks or months without showing noticeable symptoms yet during that time they can do long lasting damage to your pet's lungs, heart, ears, skin and digestive organs and can even prove fatal.


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So regular worming and ectoparasite control with a suitable broad spectrum veterinary strength treatment is the only way to ensure that your pet remains clear. Sadly many supermarket and pet shop products are either ineffective, have a high risk of harmful side effects and lack broad enough cover to deal with all the ectoparasite and endoparasite challenges they may encounter and as such some pet owners can be lulled into a false sense of security. You can buy worm and flea treatments in many places but the best place to determine the right product for your pet is at your veterinary practice.

The nursing and veterinary team can find the best way of protecting your pet and family with a product that's perfect for you. 

That's why at All Creatures we only promote worm and flea control products that we trust to do the job. We've teamed up with three market leading companies, Bayer, Elanco and MSD , to provide your pet with the best in internal and external parasite control. Our worming and flea treatments are very easy to administer and very safe.


Older types of worm and flea products such as piperazine, praziquantel and fipronil do not protect against lungworm and we do not recommend them.

Did you know?

In Western Europe, 44% of the population have been infected by the Toxocara roundworm at some point in their lives?

Signs of worms include your pet dragging its bottom along the ground, vomiting, diarrhoea, smelly stools, poor coat quality, poor appetite, tiredness, a pot bellied appearance, breathing difficulties and general changes in behaviour. Sometimes worms may be seen in your pet's faeces or vomit.

Worms can be picked up from slugs and snails, fleas and flies, sandpits and footpaths, other dogs, dog faeces, soil and sand, eating birds or mice, and stagnant water.

25% of dogs carry worm eggs on their coats which people can pick up when stroking, hugging or even kissing their dog!

A scary fact - 80% of children kiss their pet!

Toxocara can cause cysts and permanent blindness in people.

Fleas and ticks can carry a range of unpleasant diseases that can affect humans if they bite you - the flea carries the bubonic plague germ which caused the "black death" in the middle ages. In June 2015, a teenage died of the bubonic plague in Colorado, believed to have been caused by bites from infected fleas. Flea infestations can also be hard to clear to prevention is always the best solution.

Experts including the British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) recommend that you worm you pet at least four times a year although some pets may require worming more regularly.

Puppies can be born with worm eggs that have been passed directly from their mother so a first treatment is recommended at 2 weeks and then every 2 weeks until they are 3 months of age. The bitch should also be treated at the same time. Kittens should have their first treatment at 6 weeks and again, lactating queens should also be treated to avoid passing any eggs back. Then worm your pet every 1-3 months, as recommended by your vet.

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Fleas can carry tapeworms so if you don't control a flea problem at the same time as worming, your pet is almost certain to be reinfected.