Hawthorn East Vet
Intestinal Worms In Cats & Dogs
Regular worming is an essential part of good pet ownership. Intestinal worms live in the gastrointestinal system of cats and dogs and include hookworm, roundworm, whipworm and tapeworm. They can cause severe diarrhoea and disease, especially in puppies and kittens.
Usually worming is done with a simple tablet or drops on the neck. Call to find out what products are best for your pet.
The dreaded paralysis tick is thankfully not found commonly in inner Melbourne, however it is VERY common all along the east coast of Australia. Once a tick attaches to your pet’s skin it becomes engorged with blood and injects a potent toxin that causes muscle paralysis – this can cause death if the muscles that help your pet breathe become paralysed. There are topical treatments available to protect your pet from ticks. If you are travelling with your pet ouside of Melbourne call our friendly vet staff today to ensure your pet is protected against parasites – we can recommend the best products.
Heartworm Prevention in Dogs
Heartworm is the disease that nightmares are made of! Spread by mosquitoes, the worms can grow up to 30cm long and become lodged in your dog’s heart, eventually causing heart failure and death. Prevention of heartworm is one of the most important things you must do for your dog – treating and curing heartworm can be difficult, expensive and can be unsuccessful. Note that intestinal “all wormer” tablets do NOT protect against heartworm. We recommend an annual injection for your dog to protect against heartworm, but other products available include oral medication and a topical spot product.
Fleas are the MOST COMMON external parasite we find on dogs and cats from suburb and surrounds. They cause intense itching and hair loss, and may also trigger skin allergies or transmit other parasites to your dog. Flea prevention involves a monthly spot on treatment or a monthly or 3 monthly oral tablet – call us to make sure you use the right product. BEWARE as pyrethrin-based flea treatments are toxic to cats.
Hawthorn East Vet
Our team of professionals are here to help make pet care easy. If you have any questions or concerns about your pet's health, don’t hesitate to get in touch. We love talking about animals and we’re more than happy to help! If you would like to make an appointment you can book online or give us a call to arrange a suitable time.
Monday - Friday: 8am - 7pm
Saturday: 9am - 3pm
1 Victoria Road, Hawthorn East, VIC 3123