Preventative Health / Fleas, Ticks & Mites
Fleas are the single most common cause of skin disease in dogs and cats and can also transmit tapeworms. Fortunately they should be a rare visitor to your house with regular use of modern treatments. They also commonly affect rabbits.
Please ask us for advice on effective and safe flea control products for your pet. Most of these are included if you are a member of our Adelaide Pet Care Plan.
How does my pet catch fleas?
How Do You Know If Your Pet Has Fleas?
The Flea Life Cycle
Ticks are blood sucking parasites that can cause local infections and transmit serious diseases including Lyme Disease to your pet and to yourself.
Please ask us for advice on effective and safe tick control products for your pet. Most of these are included if you are a member of our Adelaide Pet Care Plan.
See www.esccapuk.org.uk for more information
What are ticks?
How do I know if my pet has a tick?
I think my dog has a tick - what should I do?
I live in town, so ticks shouldn't be a problem, should they?
How can I protect pets from ticks?
Signs of Lyme disease
Ear mites (Otodectes/Psoroptes) live in the ear canal of dogs, cats and rabbits and feed on ear debris. They cause severe irritation of the ear and secondary bacterial infection is common. They are very contagious so easily spread from pet to pet.
Treatment or prevention is generally straight forward. Please contact us for advice.
Sarcoptic mange is a relatively common skin disease of dogs and other species, in the UK.. It can affect animals of all ages and can also transfer to humans.
Transmission of the disease is by contact with other infected pets and foxes.
Infection causes intense itching and skin disease. Diagnosis can be difficult but a blood test for antibodies can be helpful. Sometimes trial treatments are required.
Harvest mites are active from July to October. They are found in grass and other foliage and hop on to bite any animal or human that passes. Some animals are particularly sensitive to the bites and become extremely itchy, especially on the ears and paws. You may be able to see the mites on your cat or dog if you look closely. They are tiny and bright orange and are often found in small clusters between the toes and in the folds of the ears.