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Parasites

  • Unlike dogs and cats, parasites are not commonly diagnosed in pet birds. When present, however, they can cause generalised debilitation for the birds. Some parasites cause specific clinical…

  • The most common flea found on cats and dogs is the cat flea (Ctenocephalides felis). The most important source of cat fleas is newly…

  • The harvest mite (Trombicula autumnalis) is a mite the larval stage of which causes considerable discomfort to cats and dogs during the late summer and autumn. The mite is widely distributed…

  • Tapeworms and roundworms are two of the most common intestinal parasites of cats. Tapeworms are long flat worms composed of many individual segments whereas round worms are much shorter and…

  • Although lungworm disease occurs in both dogs and cats, different types of small roundworms are responsible. They both belong to a family of relatively small roundworms known as…

  • Infection with Protozoan (one-celled) organisms known as coccidian. These are microscopic parasites living within cells of the intestinal lining. Since they live in the intestinal tract they…

  • Most dog owners are aware that roundworms and tapeworms are common intestinal parasites of the dog. With the relaxation of quarantine regulations with the introduction of the PETS travel scheme, combined with our warmer summers, some other parasitic worms are now becoming more commonly seen in the UK.

  • This is a tick borne disease caused by certain bacteria (Rickettsiae) that invade circulating white blood cells. A number of Ehrlichia species are known to infect dogs but canine Ehrlichiosis…

  • I have always had an itchy dog and every summer he has had to have treatment. Recently he underwent a lot of tests and I have been told that he has flea allergy dermatitis.

  • Fleas are not host specific. Dogs and cats share the same fleas so it is important that all your pets at home are treated with appropriate medication.