Parasite Control

We recommend routine prevention and treatment for fleas, intestinal worms and heartworm. There are a number of products available for, including topical and oral treatments. At your pets annual check up, our veterinarians will ensure your pet is up to date with an appropriate product.

Fleas are a common parasite that can be found on cats and dogs and can affect people as well. They can cause significant blood loss with large flea burdens, which can be serious for animals that are sick or young.

Heartworm disease is a potentially fatal disease where the heartworms (Dirofilaria immitis) live in the major arteries between the lungs and the right side of the heart. There are many preventative medications available. All tablet or spot on treatments for heartworm must be given monthly.

Proheart SR12 is a once yearly injection- must be over 12 months of age for year-long protection. Please ask your veterinarian about receiving a proheart injection for your dog. If your pet has not been on heartworm control previously, we recommend having a test done to ensure your pet is heartworm free. This can be done during your pet’s consultation.

There are different types of intestinal worms that live in various parts of the intestinal tract of cats and dogs. These parasites include tapeworm, hookworm, roundworm and whipworm.

Pets should be treated with an appropriate product as follows:

  • Every 2 weeks from 2 weeks to 12 weeks
  • Every month from 12 weeks to 6 months
  • Every 3 months for life

For more information about parasite control, check out https://www.revolution.com.au/Fleas-and-parasites.aspx#/tab/parasites