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New dog owner, how often for flea and worming treatments?

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Ihatethedailymail1 Wed 26-Apr-17 22:40:19

Hi, I have recently rehomed two darling little dogs. I have tried to read lots of information about how often they should be treated for fleas and ticks and worms etc, but I am not sure I've understood everything. Please could someone explain to me how often to do these things? And is there anything else I should be doing regularly? They are small dogs, hairy but gorgeous!

arbrighton Wed 26-Apr-17 22:42:05

Check with vet, the better treatments e.g milbemax and advocate are prescription only

User2468 Wed 26-Apr-17 22:42:39

Worming I do every 3 months.

For fleas and ticks he wears a Soresto collar from March to October. It's the easiest and best flea and tick treatment I've ever had and although pricey, we only buy it once a year and it lasts for 8 months, I don't bother buying another over winter as fleas and ticks are only really an issue for us in summer.

User2468 Wed 26-Apr-17 22:43:43

Yes, good point abrighton, always buy from the vets.

At best the cheap stuff is ineffective, at worst it can be dangerous.

CMOTDibbler Wed 26-Apr-17 22:44:12

If they are over 6 months, wormed 6 monthly. Under that its monthly. Flea treatment is monthly normally

Ihatethedailymail1 Wed 26-Apr-17 22:48:47

My local pet shop, a family business who I'd like to support, has several types of treatments, surely they must work?

EatSpamAmandaLamb Wed 26-Apr-17 22:51:09

The pet shop stuff doesn't work anywhere near as well as the prescription stuff.
We worm every three months, and use flea treatment monthly during the summer months and every other month in the colder months.

Floralnomad Wed 26-Apr-17 22:52:08

Anything you can buy otc is pretty much a waste of money .

Floralnomad Wed 26-Apr-17 22:53:57

Make sure you are covered for lungworm , particularly in high risk areas . I use Bravecto 3 monthly and Milpro monthly which covers fleas , ticks and worms including lungworm.

BiteyShark Thu 27-Apr-17 04:55:34

I use advocate monthly from the vets and a seresto collar for ticks which lasts 8 months. It's like any medication of course what you can buy over the counter won't be as good as what you can get on prescription. It just depends how bothered you will be if you need to treat worms or fleas etc. My personal preference is for complete prevention rather than treatment. I would hate to have to deflea the house for example (having had a flea infestation from previous owners when moving into a new home).

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