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Tips For Dealing With Pesky Parasites

Worms, fleas and illnesses can affect your puppy at any age. To prevent harm, pet owners must be vigilant with administering worming and flea treatments and make sure their little pooch is immunised against disease.

Dr. Melissa Meehan offers her tips for how to best care for your puppy...


Top Tips

  • Dogs can get worms at any stage of their lives and even be born with them or get them through their mother's milk so it is crucial to start worming treatments from a young age.
  • Treatment should occur every 3 weeks until puppies are 3 months of age, then every 3 months for life.
  • Chewable tablets are the best easy-to-swallow worming treatment for puppies.
  • Don't forget about heartworm that is spread by mosquitoes and can be fatal. It is best to see your vet about preventative treatments.
  • Fleas are another pesky problem that can affect your puppy at any stage. Treatment also needs to start from a young age. It is best to check packaging for correct dosage and treatment instructions. A once-a-month treatment for life should be adequate.
  • Puppies are also very vulnerable to a range of diseases so you need to ensure that your young pup has all of the correct immunisations.


Chat with your vet if you have any further worming or health concerns about your pet.

How do I toilet train my cat

I rescued an adult female, desexed cat six months ago. Apparently she’s always been an outside cat. I have another cat who is mostly indoors and I would only let outside during the day if I was home. Luna didn’t like being indoors and wasn’t using the litter tray properly. I had her confined in the bathroom for a few days to get use to it and she would go next to it, rarely in it. She will sometimes use a tray otherwise will urinate or poop on the floor. I am at wits end. I have two trays, I’ve changed the type of litter, put dirt in the tray, picked up the poop and put it in the tray to show her that where it goes. I’ve used spray in the tray to attract her to want to use the tray. I bought felliway diffuser which is meant to calm cats and have also used the rescue remedy drops in her food. I’ve recently moved house where there is a cat enclosure so she can go in and out when ever she pleases but still goes in the kitchen (as I now close the bathroom door when she started going to the toilet in there), but tonight I noticed she’s been going in the spare room if anything is left on the floor which is carpeted. So I’ve now cleared that whole room to prevent her from going to the toilet. She is still going in the kitchen. I’ve tried cleaning the area and eliminating her scent by using water and vinegar then once dry use bi carb soda and hydrogen peroxide and it has made no difference. She’s been tested for a bladder infection which came up negative. I love animals. I have another cat which she now gets along with and two dogs which she is still getting use to. I don’t know what else to do and I don’t want to give her up but feel like I will have no choice.