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Help, my puppy has fleas!

By Brian Faulkner - BSc (Hons), BVM&S, MBA, MSc(Psych), MRCVS | 27 November 2018 | 0 Comments
A puppy scratching itself

Flea infestations can happen even in the most spotless home or on the healthiest, cleanest puppy. However, you can control this irritating aspect of owning a puppy. What are fleas? Fleas are tiny, parasitic wingless insects. They have tube-like mouths adapted for piercing skin and sucking blood from the animals, birds and humans they come in contact with. How likely is my puppy to be exposed to fleas? Very. Fleas are the most common parasite that we see in pets, especially the cat flea (Ctenocephalides felis), which also lives on dogs. This…

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How do I know if my puppy has lice or mites?

By Brian Faulkner - BSc (Hons), BVM&S, MBA, MSc(Psych), MRCVS | 27 November 2018 | 0 Comments
A puppy itching itself

Mites Puppies can pick up mites from other dogs or even foxes. Mites are tiny parasites that are usually spread from one animal to another by direct skin to skin contact. There are many different types of mites, common ones include Sarcoptic mites and Cheyletiella mites. Sarcoptic mites cause Saracoptic mange and result in intense itchiness in puppies. Cheyletiella mites can be found on cats and rabbits as well as dogs but each has their own species, Cheyletiella yasguri most commonly effect dogs. This mites produces an itchy ‘dandruff’ that is sometimes…

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Which parasites could affect my puppy?

By Brian Faulkner - BSc (Hons), BVM&S, MBA, MSc(Psych), MRCVS | 27 November 2018 | 0 Comments
A puppy itching itself

Puppies can suffer from parasite problems, so it’s crucial to start a regular prevention regime as soon as possible. Here is a reminder of the most common parasitic infections and how to manage them. Fleas Tiny, brown-black adult fleas feed from your puppy by sucking its blood. Besides causing your pet considerable discomfort, a heavy infestation can lead to serious skin problems. As well as from other cats or dogs, fleas can be caught from bedding, carpets or soft furnishings on which an infected pet has shed flea eggs. Your…

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Do you have any tips for applying flea treatment to my puppy?

By Jenny Freeth (RVN) | 12 November 2018 | 0 Comments
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