What if my pet misses a monthly dose?
It happens; life gets busy and you accidentally miss a monthly dose of deworming, flea, or tick treatment.
There is no universal answer for missed doses, but a few days are usually not problematic. Depending on how many doses were missed and by how long, the solution varies. Check your pet for signs of infection and if you are concerned, contact your Vetwest healthcare professional.
What if my pet has a bad reaction to the monthly medication?
If your pet shows signs of an allergic reaction, contact Vetwest immediately to have them seen to. Discuss any previous allergic or adverse reactions with your vet before commencing treatment and discuss with your vet alternative medications.
There are several variations of parasite treatments. Your vet will advise on the most appropriate treatment if your pet becomes infected and is allergic to the treatment.
Do parasites affect cats and dogs differently?
Although cats and dogs can contract parasites in different ways (e.g. cats contract worms by hunting infested vermin) the signs are similar. Cats and dogs will both scoot their rear end across the floor if infected with worms. Vomiting, weight loss and low energy are also common signs of an infection.
Fleas and ticks will also show up in similar ways on both cats and dogs. Look out for excessive scratching and irritation and check your pets furr for signs of parasites.
Can I provide monthly doses or treatment to pregnant or lactating pets?
Not all deworm and flea treatments can be used on pregnant or lactating pets. Consult your vet to be sure the treatment you’re using is safe. They will advise the best type and brand to use and design a healthcare plan specially suited to your furry companion.