For the long-term health and wellbeing of your pet and your family, it is essential that you routinely use proven, preventative treatments against the most common parasites throughout your pet’s life. Remember that prevention is much easier and cost-effective than cure.
Fleas are one of the most common external parasites in pets and are the cause of many skin problems. Although you may only see fleas on your pet, they are continually shedding eggs in your home and can lead to a home flea infestation. Flea bites to you and your family can be costly and complicated to treat. Did you know the adult flea can stay in its cocoon for up to 6 months before it emerges?
Although fleas are small, they can make your pet miserable. Once on your pet, fleas can bite every 5 minutes leaving your cat or dog itchy and uncomfortable. You only need to bring one flea inside your home to start an infestation. One female flea can produce enough eggs to quickly escalate the problem in your home.
Fleas live on a variety of animals such as rabbits and hedgehogs, as well as cats and dogs. When your pet is outdoors, fleas from the eggs left behind by other animals can jump on your pet. Once on your pet, they feed on his or her blood and start laying eggs.
Treating your pet with our vet recommended treatment plan will effectively kill fleas and disrupt their life cycle.
There are various worms that can infect your pets, and they can pose a threat to your family. Worms that target pets include roundworms, hookworms, lungworms, and tapeworms, and they are prolific across the United Kingdom. Certain worms can produce more than 100,000 eggs per day, which are then passed in the pet’s faeces and spread throughout their living environment.
Your family can accidentally ingest worm eggs that have been passed through your pet’s faeces. The eggs can then hatch in your intestinal tract, and the worms can travel to various tissues in the body, including the eyes and brain, potentially causing serious infections.
Worms are a year-round threat and the only way to keep your pet and family safe is through proactive actions to get the best products. Lungworm, which is passed on by slugs and snails, is potentially fatal and many over the counter products do not tackle this worrying parasite.
Please be aware that many products available elsewhere other than sold at Crofts Veterinary Practice may be ineffective at treating all the species of worms and fleas your pet could get. There are many ranges of worming treatments available including tablets, liquids, granules and spot-ons.
Hazards in our local community
Fleas, worms and other parasites can be caught at parks local to Crofts Veterinary Practice.
Parks are a breeding ground for parasites, especially in the warmer months from April to October. As a pet owner, you do not want to deprive your beloved pet of the chance to make friends, and you certainly do not want to limit the opportunity to be outside. But, if it seems like all the other pets are itching, scratching and playing with slugs and other parasite carriers, what is a pet owner to do?
The vets at Crofts Veterinary Practice recommended being proactive before enjoying your local community. To enable you to spread the cost of routine treatment for your pet, Crofts Vets have designed the Crofts Pet Health Plan.
A pet health plan is NOT pet insurance. Our pet health plan covers the regular treatments your pet needs throughout life, such as vaccinations, flea/worm treatments and regular health checks.
- Crofts Pet Health Plan provides your pet with:
- Full clinical examinations twice a year (at vaccination time and 6 months after) to check:
- General health
- Ears, eyes and dental check
- Parasite control
- Tick prevention
- Skin and coat
- Heart and lungs
- Weight, body condition scoring and dietary advice
- Reproductive health
- Nail clipping
- Any other problems or concerns, such as lumps, bumps and lameness
- Vaccinations (Course of 2 when young, yearly booster thereafter)
- Kennel Cough vaccination (dogs only)
- Annual supply of parasite control
- Microchip in year 1
- Additional benefits:
- Monthly direct debit at no extra cost
- No joining fee
- Additional 10% discount off the following:
- All dental work
- Pet accessories
- Pet food
- Seresto collars for tick control
Plans available for:
Cat: £17 per month
Small dog (0 - 10kg): £19 per month
Medium dog (10 - 25kg): £21 per month
Large dog (25 - 40kg): £23 per month
Giant dog (40+kg): £33 per month
If you are registering a puppy, please choose the plan which aligns with their expected adult weight for their breed. Our breed weight chart may help.
How to join Crofts Pet Health Plan
Sign up online to Crofts Pet Health Plan
It couldn’t be easier to join the Crofts Pet Health Plan. Click the link below and follow the easy steps to set up your direct debit.
Our practice staff will be happy to answer any queries you may have or call us on 01428 653056 for more information.
Don’t live in fear of parasites, every year we help hundreds of pet owners just like yourself have a parasite free pet. Not only will you save money in veterinary costs but you will give your pet the quality of life they deserve.