Roger Salmon column

Roger Salmon.
Roger Salmon.

The past few years of warmer, wetter summers; lack of long frozen winters have benefitted the prolific breeding practices of our little friends- fleas, ticks, midges and harvest mites.

Bay Vets in Lancaster explains: Prevention is better than cure particularly with fleas as they are very hard to eradicate once they are established in your home (as eggs, larva, pupae and adults).

It takes 6 to 12 months to get all eggs in carpets, floors and skirting boards hatched and back on your pet before they can be treated.

Ticks can be removed but if you don’t notice them on your pet for a day or two the risk of transmitting disease increases.

The disease Lyme disease is transferred by ticks who bite the animal and leave the infection behind so it is most important to remove the tick effectively.

The use of a simple implement called an O Tom tick twister can prevent the disease from entering the animals body.

Midges carry myxomatosis to our rabbits even into the centre of Lancaster.

Have a chat with the staff at your veterinary practice and they will inform you of the parasites found in your area and the most effective products for prevention and treatment.

There is a vast array of new innovative products which enable us to choose a suitable product for your specific needs.

Prescription products are more effective than over the counter products because they use the latest scientifically proven ingredients and are only licensed for use once they meet stringent safety standards.

First of all ensure you get a treatment that is suitable for your pet.

It can be life threatening to apply certain dog treatments to a cat or cat/dog treatments to a rabbit.

Spot on treatments are great for cats that don’t like taking tablets.

Tablets are great for dogs that like to swim and some only need giving every three months.