External Parasites

At Holmefield we recommend using a regular external parasite treatment to keep your pet and your family protected.

Fleas
Fleas can be irritating and painful for your pet and your family, but they can also cause more serious problems:

  • Flea Allergy Dermatitis (FAD) – a skin condition caused by an allergy to flea saliva or faeces that needs to be diagnosed by a vet
  • Transmission of tapeworm
  • Blood loss and anaemia in puppies and kittens
  • Transmission of other blood-borne diseases – some of which can rarely affect humans.

By the time your pet starts scratching, there could already be an infestation in your home – and infestations can be hard to resolve. Preventing the event with FRONTLINE Combo® Spot On is the best solution. FRONTLINE Combo® Spot On is superior to FRONTLINE® Spot On as it also protects your pets environment by inhibiting the development of flea eggs, larvae and pupae for up to six weeks.

Ticks
Ticks are uncomfortable and annoying for your pet which leads to your cat or dog trying to rub or scratch the tick off. But these are minor irritations compared to the other problems ticks can cause:

  • Ticks often cause skin reactions because of the way they attach to your pet
  • If a live tick is removed there’s a risk of leaving their mouthparts in place – the embedded mouthparts act as a foreign body and can cause a granuloma (benign lump) or an abscess
  • Ticks are second only to mosquitoes in their ability to transmit diseases to humans and animals.
  • Lyme disease – affects humans as well as dogs and rarely cats. In dogs it may cause fever, lethargy, arthritis and occasionally skin disease.
  • Anaplasmosis – rarely diagnosed in the UK but symptoms include fever, reluctance to move and general malaise.

Tick control
1. Examine your pet regularly and particularly after they’ve been in areas that are likely to be tick infested, such as parkland, moorland and woodland.
2. Apply FRONTLINE Combo® Spot On mont