Parasites live on or in our pets, and sometimes us, and can cause a range of signs. From ectoparasites, who live on the skin, to endoparasites, who live inside our pets, parasites are found inhabiting all our pet species and are a frequent reason for our pets to end up visiting their local vet! To find out more about the parasites your pet could be at risk from, and how you can protect them, follow our handy links below.
Roundworms And Your Dog
Roundworms are very common in the UK – in fact studies have shown that over 20% of dogs and cats may be actively infected at any one time! Learn more here.
Lungworm And Your Dog
Lungworm is a deadly parasite, which lives in slugs and snails. Keeping your dog protected against lungworm is a key part of keeping them happy and healthy.
Protecting Your Dog From Fleas
Itching to protect your dog from fleas? They're a common complaint in dogs causing irritation, disease & tapeworms. Find out more about dog flea protection.
Hookworms And Your Dog
Hookworms are blood sucking intestinal worms. Small and difficult to spot, in large enough numbers they can suck enough blood to cause serious anaemia, especially in puppies. Hookworm infection is rare in the UK.
Tapeworms And Your Dog
Tapeworms look like long ribbons or pieces of tape. Keeping your dog free of tapeworms is simple and a great way to keep them healthy and happy.
Fleas And Your Puppy
Understand the symptoms to look out for with your puppy as it may have fleas. Find essential advice and puppy flea treatment should yours have them.
Heartworms And Your Dog
Heartworms are thankfully not found in the UK, but are a serious risk for dogs that travel abroad. Transmitted by mosquitos, these parasites can cause serious illness and even death, so precautions should be taken for any dogs who leave the UK.
Whipworms And Your Dog
Anecdotally, older dogs are more at risk of having a whipworm burden than younger dogs. Whipworms are blood sucking intestinal worms.
Lice And Your Dog
Lice live on the skin of your dog, and feed by chewing, or sucking blood. Lice can be very uncomfortable for your dog, and can make them itchy, sore and even anaemic.
Giardia And Your Dog
Giardia are a type of protozoa – a microscopic, single-celled parasite – which lives in the small intestines. Affected dogs can get nasty diarrhoea, as well as spreading the parasite to others – including us!