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Flea and Worming

Regular preventative health care is so important in keeping your pet happy and healthy.

Parasites put our pets at risk of many diseases and conditions that can easily be avoided with regular parasite protection. In some cases, our pet's parasites can also cause harm to humans.

Despite the many flea and worming products on the market, there is no 'one size fits all' product that treats everything in one go. It is always best to go with a veterinary recommended product, as these are clinically proven and more effective.

Like people all pets are different and the frequency in which you need to administer flea and worm treatment will depend on the product and your pet's requirements.

Our vets and veterinary nurses will be happy to advise you on the best protocol for your pet. As a general guide we recommend the following for cats and dogs:



Worming (Milbemax, Drontal, Panacur)

  • Puppies should be wormed at 2, 5, 8 weeks and 6 months of age.
  • Adult Dogs should be wormed every 3 months, or 6 monthly if using Advocate Flea treatment.

Flea treatment (Advocate, Stronghold, Frontline, Flevox)

  • Every 4 or 8 weeks depending on product you are using.
  • Our flea treatment of choice is Advocate. The reason for our choice is that Advocate also protects your dog against roundworms and lungworm which can be fatal to dogs.


Worming (Milbemax, Panacur, Profender)

  • Kittens should be wormed at 2, 5, 8 and 12 weeks of age.
  • Adult cats should be wormed every 3 months.


The frequency at which you need to treat your pet will depend on the product you are using. Usually monthly application is required, however if in any doubt please check with a vet or veterinary nurse.

Yes! Adult fleas on your pet account for just 5% of your flea problem. 95 % is in your pet's environment, i.e. your house, in carpets, floorboards and bedding. Just because you don't see fleas, doesn't mean they are not there! Because of this, we also recommend a household spray to treat the environment.

Yes! Whilst it is true parasites thrive in warmer weather conditions, they also love the warm and cosy comfort of your house and central heating in winter. So your pet should be treated all year round.

NO! Dog flea treatments should NEVER be applied to your cat. Some ingredients in dog products can be fatal if administered to cats.

A single dose of flea treatment is not enough to break the flea life cycle and get on top of a flea infestation. You need to apply your product regularly at the recommended interval and treat your home environment as well. If this is still unsuccessful, you may need to change to a different product. Our vets or veterinary nurses will be happy to discuss this with you.

Let us do it for you! Our Veterinary Nurses are available daily for free consultations and are more than happy to demonstrate how to administer your pet's flea treatment if you are unsure.