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Parasite Control

Parasites are common small creatures that live on or inside your pet, such as fleas, ticks, or worms. They are not only uncomfortable, but can also have serious debilitating affects on your pet’s health and wellbeing.

The team at Bong Bong Veterinary Hospital are happy to advise you on the most suitable preventative parasite products to help protect your pet.

Fleas

Fleas not only cause severe itching, but also secondary skin infections as well as significant stress and frustration for both pets and their owners. The importance of effective flea control is crucial for your pet’s wellbeing as fleas are the host for a number of internal diseases that can affect your pet’s health.

Good flea control involves combining multiple strategies to attack the flea life cycle. At Bong Bong Veterinary Hospital, we can tailor a program to your pet’s needs and help stop the flea life cycle in its tracks.

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Treatment programs may include some of the following:

  • Flea control tips for your home environment
  • “Inset growth regulators” or IGR’s (these help break the flea life cycle)
  • Products aimed at adult fleas

Products available include:

  • Spot-on products for the back of the neck
  • Fast acting tablets that kill fleas on your pets in under a few hours
  • Chewable treats for dogs (can also control heartworm and worms)
  • New Chewables that treat fleas & ticks

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Note: Please remember to ask for advice from one of the team members at Bong Bong Vet before using some flea products, as many products available on the market are only suitable for dogs and may not be safe for cats.

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Ticks

Ticks are small parasites that are prevalent in the Southern Highlands, mainly in areas that have native bush and scrub close by. Ticks are of particular concern in the warmer months of the year, especially the Paralysis Tick. These ticks attach to your dog or cat and inject a toxin as they feed. This toxin is then absorbed into the body and causes progressive paralysis of important muscles as it diffuses into the nervous system.

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Preventative treatment options

Dogs

  • Spray-on products
  • Spot-on drops
  • Tick collars
  • New Tasty Chewable Tabs!

Cats

As cats are very sensitive to chemicals, preventative treatment options for ticks are limited. As such, some flea products are used for tick prevention. We recommended using a spot-on topical product applied to the back of your cat’s neck every two weeks in summer. Additionally, you should conduct a thorough daily search of your cat.

If you live in (or visit) an area prone to ticks, the most important thing is to physically check your pet for ticks every day, and to be aware of the early signs of tick paralysis.

Signs of tick paralysis

  • Your pet may appear to be a bit wobbly
  • Vomiting is not uncommon
  • Heavy breathing, or a change in your dog’s bark/voice.
  • Progressive paralysis

Note: Signs of tick paralysis vary from patient to patient. If you are at all concerned that your pet is showing signs of tick paralysis, please contact Bong Bong Vet immediately.

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Treatment

If your pet is suffering from tick paralysis there is a good chance it may need to be hospitalized and treated with specific tick anti-venom to help neutralise the toxin. Unfortunately, this does not always work quickly enough to help and some patients don’t survive – so treat early!