Fleas, ticks, and worms are common parasites that can affect your dog's health and well-being.

Fleas are small, reddish-brown insects that jump, they cause itchy bites, skin irritation, and allergic reactions and can transmit tapeworms and cause anaemia in severe cases. Signs of Infestation include scratching excessively, visible fleas or flea dirt (tiny black specks) on fur.

Ticks are spider-like parasites that attach themselves to your dog's skin and feed on their blood. They can transmit various diseases like Lyme disease, Babesiosis, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever and will be found attached to your dog's skin, especially around the head, ears, and legs.

The four main types of worms found in the UK and Ireland are Roundworms, hookworms, tapeworms, and whipworms. These internal parasites live in your dog's intestines and absorb nutrients they need and can cause weight loss, vomiting, diarrhoea, and other health issues. Signs of Infestation can include visible worms in stool, weight loss, potbellied appearance, vomiting, diarrhoea.

Prevention is key, with regular use of flea and tick prevention medication being crucial to prevent infestations. Regular deworming is essential to eliminate existing worms and prevent future infections. Regularly vacuum your home, wash your dog's bedding, and treat your yard (if applicable) with pet-safe flea and tick control products to break the life cycle of these parasites.

All pet medicines must pass stringent testing to prove they are effective and safe before they are sold, regardless of whether they are available 'over the counter' or must be prescribed by a vet. All parasite control treatments available at Pet Connection have been proven effective and safe for pets, their owners and the environment, when used according to the instructions on the packaging. If you are concerned or unsure about the most suitable product for your pet, please feel free to contact us and we can provide information and advice.