The summer months are peak season for pesky parasites and two of the most annoying are fleas and ticks.

Fleas – need a little introduction to most pet owners! Adult fleas are 2-3mm in length and can be seen without magnification. These tiny wingless insects survive by feeding on your pet’s blood, causing intense irritation and sometimes allergic skin disease. Fleas also play a major role in transmitting tapeworms in dogs and cats.

Ticks – tend to be a problem in the summer months and commonly live in urban areas , waiting to attach themselves to passing pets. Ticks feed on your pet’s blood and cause two problems ,firstly they cause a tissue reaction at their site of attachment and secondly they can transmit serious diseases such as tick bitre fever.

You take care of your own teeth but what about your pet’s???

Without regular dental care, pets {like us} develop gum disease, leading to mouth pain and eventually tooth loss.

Our pets usually start life with shiny white teeth and healthy shrimp pink gums, however, over time accumulation of plaque and bacteria on the surface of the teeth leads to inflammation of gums, a condition called gingivitis. This is frequently accompanied by the accumulation of calculus {tartar} on the surface of the teeth, and also very bad breath…….

If the infection continues unchecked, bacteria start to penetrate below the gum line, destroying the tooth supporting structures- a painful condition called periodontitis. And this leads to tooth loosening and eventually tooth loss as the disease progresses.

Recent surveys have shown that 85% of dogs and 70% of cats over three years of age have some form of dental disease. Prompt recognition of any problems in the mouth gives the best chance of successful treatment.

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