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How To Apply Bravecto Spot-On for Dogs- Companion Animal Vets

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Bravecto spot-on for dogs can be used every 6 months to protect your dog from deadly paralysis ticks. There are a few tricks to applying it that will make your life much easier.

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Rabbit parasites: what they get and what to do about it

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Rabbits are an increasingly common pet in Australia, along with their teddy bear looks, they have a wide spectrum of personalities and eccentricities that endear them to their owners. While not requiring routine intestinal worming, like dogs and cats, they can be affected by a number of external parasites. Outside rabbits are more prone to parasites however even inside bunnies are not immune, as the little critters often hitchhike on feed and bedding.

So it’s summer and she’s itchy again…

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Itchy dogs are a very common cause of both vet visits and owner frustration.

Unfortunately,  there are a large variety of reasons a dog will scratch. In addition, they often occur together. This makes finding the cause and stopping the scratching a challenge.

Some causes can be found with simple tests, however others may require a more involved investigation.

Having said that though, the bulk of our patients fall into 2 main categories -

Product Review: Bravecto, a long lasting chew for fleas and ticks

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It's an exciting time in the world of parasite control at the moment. First we had a new novel compound available to treat fleas and ticks for a month. Now we have Bravecto, a chew that will kills fleas for 3 months and ticks for 4 months. Controlling fleas and ticks just keeps getting better!

Bravecto is ideal for fitting in with your three monthly worming dose and can be given with other medications such as worming tablets without any issues.

Product review: Nexgard Flea and Tick Chews

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4.1-10kg box of Nexgard Chews

Nexgard is a monthly chew that has been recently registered for dogs to treat and prevent fleas and ticks including paralysis ticks.

Nexgard is the first oral product we have had available to us that will control ticks for the whole month. It contains a novel compound called afoxolaner and is manufactured in Brazil by Merial.

If you live in a tick area, travel to a tick area with your dog or if you have a dog that vomits with Comfortis tablets then Nexgard may be the ideal product for you.

3 ways to tell if your cat has fleas

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Cat overgrooming

Cats are great groomers and clean freaks. Their tongues are really rough specifically so they groom themselves with it. Because they are so good at grooming you won't often see a lot of fleas on them. There are a few things though that can give it away.

1. Look under their chin. 

You'll often see live fleas here or flea dirt. It's the one place on their body that they can't reach to groom with their tongue or their paws. The fleas will often hide out here so lift up that chin and part the hair

You don't need to see fleas to have a flea problem

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Dog with flea allergy dermatitis

Why is my dog scratching? I've already treated it for fleas so it can't be fleas that are causing it.

This is a question I get all the time. Flea control is always important especially if you have an itchy dog but just because there are not alot of fleas present doesn't mean that fleas are not the underlying cause of your dog's itch.

Some Flea Facts

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Stop Fleas with a Monthly Squeeze

The weather is warmer up so the fleas are emergency after being dormant over winter. APPLY YOUR FLEA CONTROL NOW.

Not only can we supply you with great quality flea products that will work but we have the expertise to help you eliminate those nasty pests. In order to understand why your flea control is not working you need to have an understanding of the flea life cycle:

Summer: the Pest is Yet to Come

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Warmer Weather and Man’s Best Friend’s: most Intimate Associates

Somehow, about six months ago, I got caught up in a whirlwind of events involving a sob story, a broken leg, a puppy, and some rather steep financial limitations, and wound up with a dog.

Fleas are socially unacceptable and there’s nothing like desperately trying to eradicate them from a house you don’t own, to really hammer home quite how tenaciously fleas cling to life.


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Why have the fleas been so bad this season?

This summer we have had perfect conditions for rapid development of fleas. Flea eggs layed into the environment develop rapidly through the cycle to the pupal stage under warm, moist conditions. In order for pupae to hatch and jump onto animals they need three things:

a flea

  1. Warmth
  2. Humidity
  3. Vibrations. These allow the flea to know there is an animal around so it needs to hatch and jump on.

The past few seasons have been quite dry so while fleas have occurred conditions have not been optimal so many of the pupae have sat there and not hatched. The perfect flea environment this year has allowed the fleas to finally take off.

What can I do to prevent this from happening again next spring?

Things are about to cool down as we come into autumn and winter. As they do the flea life cycle will slow and we will all see reduced numbers of fleas on our pets. Fleas may not be as visible during the winter months, however, your lounge, rugs and floors could be home to flea pupae that are waiting out the cooler months in comfort before the warmer weather prompts them to emerge as adult fleas. Flea numbers may be reduced but remember that 1 flea can lay up to 600 eggs in their lifetime. Stopping flea control over winter will result in a buildup of pupae that will lay dormant until the weather warms up.

Missing monthly flea treatments allows fleas to build up in the environment.

Your home is always at risk of flea contamination from sources that you can’t always control. Other animals (such as neighbourhood cats or wild rabbits) that have access to your garden or home may all be on-going sources of flea egg contamination. This means that if monthly flea treatments are missed, there’s a good chance your pet will pick up an infestation from the environment sooner or later. So it’s important to treat all dogs and cats in your home for fleas, every month, all year round with a recommended flea treatment.

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