Kittens MUST be wormed:
- every 2 weeks until 16 weeks/4 months of age;
- monthly to 24 weeks or 6 months of age;
- thereafter at least every 3 months life long.
Always use Drontal, Milbemax, or Advocate Spot-on — other products are less effective.
More frequent worming may be advised as part of a customised parasite prevention plan considering your dogs activities and lifestyle, and your family. Some monthly parasite prevention products provide some coverage against some (i.e. not all) worms and so this cannot be relied upon for all worms, or in high exposure situations.
Heartworm is a contagious disease spread from dog to dog by mosquitoes. Occasionally Cats can become exposed by accident, and the disease is very bit as serious, and in some ways actually worse than heart worm disease is in dogs. Consequently, heartworm prevention is vital in our tropical climate. There is no treatment available for cats and so the only protection is by prevention. This is provided by either monthly parasite control medications such as Advocate.
Prevention is recommended from 12 weeks of age and we can advise you on the most appropriate product for your pet. For more information on heart worm in dogs and cats.
Fleas are very, very common and often cause intense itchiness and scratching in dogs, even with very few bites. This commonly results in skin inflammation and sores.
Once a flea population is established in and around your home, it is very difficult and quite costly to control or eradicate the problem. Sandy soils and our humid climate ensure their reproduction is very successful. 10 female fleas can create 250,000 fleas at different stages of the life cycle (egg, larvae, pupae) in just 30 days! As there is no time of year when the flea life cycle is dormant in Queensland, we recommend year round flea control. Products which are generally effective are Advantage, Advocate and Comfortis, but in environments where large numbers of fleas are present, a customised and integrated control plan is required, and our advice should be sought.
For more information on Fleas.
Ticks are a source of worry for many new pet owners. Brown Dog ticks and Cattle ticks are quite common and are generally just a nuisance. Occasionally they can transmit serious blood parasite diseases. Paralysis ticks are a much more serious concern and cause the death of many pets each year. Treatment is expensive, and prevention is not always simple – especially in long haired breeds or outdoor cats in high risk areas
A Paralysis Tick control program should be discussed with your vet as few products can be used safely on cats. Tick searches are a very important element of any tick control program, and we can show you how these are done. For more information on Ticks, click here.
OK! Thats enough to get you and your kitten started on a great life together. You know what to feed, and what else they need to be happy, comfy and safe. You’ve organised your kittens vaccinations with the practice, and we’re looking forward to meeting you. See you soon!