Focus on Parasites

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Murwillumbah Veterinary Clinic
8-10 Queen St
Murwillumbah
NSW 2484

Phone:
02 6672 1919
Fax:
02 6672 1918

We would love to see you in the clinic so we can help you to help your pet stay healthy, happy and parasite free.

Fleas and ticks are around all year long, but numbers increase as we head towards Summer.  At Murwillumbah Vet clinic, we know which products work to help control these pests and can sort out a tailored plan to suit your pet.

Fleas don't just make your pet really itchy, they also play a role in passing on one type of tapeworm to your pet too.  There is no reason that a dog or cat should suffer with fleas when there are so many good products on the market. 

We can help you decide which product is right for you - everyone is different - some pets swim regularly, some live near neighbours who don't control their flea problem.  Native animals can pass through your yard and pass on fleas to your pet too.  Click here to read more about fleas.

Paralysis ticks are present in the Tweed Valley and we see far too many animals suffering from tick paralysis.  The effects of this can be devastating and can sometimes lead to death.  Again, there are tried and tested products that can assist in stopping your pet from "going down" with tick paralysis.   

Click here for more information on ticks.  You can see how many cases we treat at Murwillumbah Vet clinic with our monthly chart.  You will be surprised just how many cases we treat ALL year round.

Gastrointestinal worms can be a problem in dogs and cats, but can impact on human health too.  There are many different types of these internal parasites. 

To read more about how they can have an impact on pets and us; how to prevent or treat these parasites and what signs to watch out for, click here.

Heartworm is another internal parasite that can impact your pets health.

 

How do dogs get heartworm?

  • Mosquitoes transmit the disease to dogs by injecting tiny heartworm larvae into their skin
  • The larvae develop in the tissues and migrate to the heart where they grow into adult worms
  • The adults live in the heart and the large blood vessels surrounding the heart
  • They reproduce and release more larval offspring into the dog's blood stream
  • These larvae can then be taken by a mosquito and transmitted to another dog or cat

What are signs my dog may have heartworm?

Due to the stress that adult worms have on a dog's heart, there are often clinical signs of heart disease or heart failure such as:

  • lethargy
  • tiring easily with exercise
  • coughing
  • loss of appetite
  • enlarged abdomen  

How can I treat heartworm?

Heartworm adults can be treated, but it carries risks for your dog and there are no guarantees of a successful outcome. Your dog may need a series of arsenic-based injections or even surgery to remove the adult worms from their heart when there are too many to risk the injection. As with most of these sorts of things, prevention is better than cure.

At Murwillumbah Vet Clinic, we can perform a heartworm test and it only takes about 10 minutes.  Once we confirm that your pet is heartworm free, we will help you decide which ongoing prevention will suit the best.  Yearly injections to prevent heartworm are the simplest, but there are spot-on products or tablets available too.

 


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