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At the Golf, we recommend worming your dog and treating for fleas on a regular basis. The cost of prevention is much less than the cost of treating an infestation, not to mention the discomfort experienced by your pet and the potential risk of transmission of some parasites to humans.
There are a number of wormers available for dogs including pills, powders and spot-on treatments. The frequency with which you should worm your dog depends on what kind of lifestyle (and appetite!) your dog has. If your dog regularly eats things which it shouldn't (dead animals, cat faeces, etc..), you should worm it every 1-2 months. If you are lucky enough to have a dog with more restraint, every 3 months should be fine.
Fleas are ubiquitous in the dog population of Britain and can strike any unprotected dog, no matter how often it is washed or how clean it is. Most infestations are caused by the cat flea (Ctenocephalides felis). The spot-on liquid is the commonest form of control and most spot-ons should be applied once a month to the skin at the base of the neck.
The biggest problem with fleas is that only about 10% of a flea population actually lives on the dog at any one time, which means that if you find a flea on your dog, 90% of it's relatives are living in your carpets and upholstery! If this is the case, we sell very effective aerosols which you can use to kill the fleas in your house and give 12 months continued protection. It may also be a good idea to run your pet's bedding through your washing machine to remove any fleas in there.
There are a number of flea and worming treatments available from the supermarket and pet shops. Of the products available we only recommend Frontline™ as in our experience, the majority of other products are not 100% effective. In fact, many dogs that we see with fleas or worms have already been treated with these products. In terms of price, the veterinary products are comparable and they give the reassurance that your dog will stay worm and flea free.
We have created a suggested annual treatment plan for the "average" dog. This plan covers for ticks during the summer as well as all other parasites all year round.