External and internal parasite control is extremely important in cats and dogs. This is due to the fact that they can cause clinical disease in animals and humans. All puppies and kittens should be assumed to be affected by worms from birth as they can become so in utero and via the mother’s milk. This can then continue on through life with eggs ingested from the environment and external hosts.
Puppies and kittens can be wormed from 2 weeks of age, then every 2 weeks until 12 weeks old. This treatment is then continued every month until 6 months and then 3 monthly thereafter depending on the product used. A range of products are available including tablets and “spot on” treatments.
Flea control should be administered to both cats and dogs from a young age, with different products having different durations of action.