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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 |
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 |
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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Worming your puppy

By Brian Faulkner - BSc (Hons), BVM&S, MBA, MSc(Psych), MRCVS | 26 November 2018 |
A puppy recieving a flea jab

Prevention and treatment The simplest way to avoid infection is with a preventative worming treatment. Puppies should be dewormed every two weeks until they are around 12 to 14 weeks old, and then once a month as they grow older. Good hygiene in and around the home also helps, so clean food and water bowls regularly using an animal-safe disinfectant, and wash and disinfect bedding. Dog and cat mess may contain worm eggs, so keep your garden free from faeces and urine to avoid transmission between pets. A variety of…

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Everything you need to know about ticks

By Brian Faulkner - BSc (Hons), BVM&S, MBA, MSc(Psych), MRCVS | 23 November 2018 |
A photo of a tick after being extracted from a puppy

What are ticks? Ticks are parasites and belong to the same family as spiders. They vary in size from about 1mm to 1cm. They attach themselves to your dog’s skin. If left, they will stay on your pet for around five days, they swell up when they feed. When full they can be mistaken for a wart. Ticks can also attach and feed on humans. Whilst, they are active all year round but you are more likely to see them in spring and autumn. How do they get on my…

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