There are a number of ways our furry friends can become infected with intestinal worms; when they are in the womb, through their mother’s milk, from eating wildlife and rodents, and also from the general environment. These pesky parasites include roundworm, hookworm, whipworm, ringworm and tapeworm. They can cause a number of symptoms such as weakness, weight loss, pale gums, diarrhoea, bloating and vomiting, just to name a few! Fortunately, it’s very easy and inexpensive to treat and prevent intestinal worm infestations, and some treatments can be given as early as 2 weeks of age.
Heartworm diseases is more common than is realised, especially in South-East QLD where the climate is perfect for mosquitoes. All it takes is for one infected mosquito to bite your pet and this can cause heartworm infection, which eventually leads to heart failure and, in some cases, death. Fortunately, this disease can be easily and safely prevented.
Puppies and kittens can be started on heartworm prevention from as young as 6 weeks of age, and prevention is typically given monthly for life. There is, however, an injection available for puppies and dogs. This injection (called the Proheart SR12 injection) is given as a series of booster injections during the puppy stage and is then given annually for life once they reach adulthood.
If you think your furry friend’s heartworm prevention has lapsed, don’t fret! Monty & Minx’s team can perform a quick test to determine whether your pet is suffering from disease and if they’re given the all clear, we can start your pet on heartworm prevention again straight away.