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Flea and Wormer




We as vets always recommend that your pet has regular flea and worming treatment. But with so many products out there, what is the difference? What do they actually protect your pet against? How often should they be given? Whats the difference between flea and worming treatment?


Here is a list of some of the products available, what they are effective against, and how often you should administer them.



Works against fleas, mites, roundworms, hookworms, lungworm and preventitive for heartworm.

Should be given every 4 weeks

Spot on (back of the neck)



Works against fleas, mites, roundworms and hookworms

Should be given every 4 weeks

Spot on



Works against ticks, fleas as well as the flea eggs and larvae. Not as effective as Advocate or Stronghold.

Should be given every 6 weeks

Spot on



Works against roundworms, tapeworms, hookworms, lungworm and heartworm prevention

Should be given every 3-6 months




Works against tapeworms, roundworms, whipworms, lungworm.

Mostly used on young puppies, kittens and rabbits.

Different formulations – oral paste, granules, tablets.



Works against round worms, whipworms and tapeworms

Only licenced for use in cats

Spot on

Given every 3- 6 months.



Works against tapeworms

Should be given every 3-6 months

Tablet and spot-on available.


How often you administer worming treatment to your pet will depend on what spot on treatment is used. Products such as Advocate and Stronghold, which are effective against some worms, only require worming with Milbemax/ Droncit every 6 months. If Frontline is used then worming is advised every 1- 3 months. This is because Frontline is not effective against any worms.


We also advise not to give multiple treatments at the same time. You should leave 2 weeks between administering spot on treatment (eg: Advocate) and a worming tablet (eg Milbemax). Alternatively, if you give worming tablets first, such as Milbemax or Drontal, then it is advised to wait 48 hours before giving the spot on treatment. This is to prevent possible overdose of the active ingredients.


There are many other products out there, and not all of them are very effective. The above list of products have clinical trials providing proof that they work and are what we recommend. Be careful with petshop bought treatments as some contain the product PERMETHRIN which, if given to cats accidentally, can be FATAL.





Angiostrongylus vasorum or lungworm has become more prevelent in the area and we have seen a few cases in recent months.


Dogs can be infected by slugs and snails. This very commonly happens from eating grass, drinking from puddles or from playing with/chewing their toys that have been in the garden, therefore eating the slugs or snails as a consequence.


Slugs and snails thrive in warm, damp conditions i.e. spring or autumn, so more cases are seen during this period.


Signs and symptoms can include:


Shortness of breath - coughing and exercise intolerence.

Blood clotting disorders - excessive bleeding following injury, nose bleeds, bleeding into the eye, anaemia (pale gums and around the eyes).

Generally unwell - weight loss, poor appetite, vomitting and diarrhoea, depression.



If you suspect your dog has lungworm, then please contact the practice ASAP. We can easily diagnose lungworm with a simple blood test. The sooner we start the treatment the better.


Prevention is better than cure. Speak to one of our trained staff members today about available preventitive treatments that are easy to administer.