Posts in parasite control
Parasiticide Guide
  • includes all UK authorised parasiticides for cats dogs, ferrets and rabbits

  • search by parasite/disease, active ingredient(s), brand, species, formulation

  • updated every 3 months

  • find the product you need

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Endoparasite control in cats and dogs – can it be achieved without drugs?

By doing this module, you will learn about:

  • the common parasites affecting cats and dogs in the UK, and what risks they pose to humans and animals

  • the non-drug measures to prevent disease and death associated with endoparasites, and how effective they are

  • the different approaches to drug use for endoparasite control

  • the practicalities, and pros and cons, of the ‘test and treat’ approach to endoparasitic infections.

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Flea infestations - treating the environment

Many veterinary practices sell flea sprays or advise on their purchase for elimination of the environmental stages of a flea infestation. Several brands of flea spray are available, but some are being taken off the market (HSE 2018). 

By doing this module you will:

  • Understand the lifecycle of the cat flea.

  • Know the options available for treating a flea infestation.

  • Be aware of the evidence on the efficacy of environmental treatments.

  • Understand why some products are being taken off the market.

  • Know where to find out which products are authorised for sale.

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Imported pets

By doing this module you will:

  • be aware of the parasitic diseases that may be found in an imported pet

  • know what clinical signs to look out for

  • be aware of the effective treatments, and how to get them

  • find out where to get further information and specialist advice.

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Taking pets abroad

By doing this module you will:

  • know the main parasite risks for pets visiting mainland Europe;

  • know where to find information about parasite distribution;

  • understand the drug and non-drug measures for reducing risk of infection

  • be able to make a rational choice of parasiticide products using the comprehensive table of products.

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Lungworm (Angiostrongylus vasorum) in dogs: reducing the risks

Angiostrongylus vasorum, one of the five main parasites affecting dogs in the UK, can cause severe illness and even death in infected dogs. This module provides answers to key questions about the biology, epidemiology, clinical impact, diagnosis and management of canine angiostrongylosis. It will enable veterinary professionals to discuss confidently the risks with clients and reach a fully informed decision about preventive therapy. 

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Parasiticides for cats and dogs: a rational approach. Module 6. Creating a practice policy

UK veterinary professionals have to deal with an increasing number of parasite threats to companion animals and a very large and growing range of parasiticide products with which to control them. A practice parasiticide policy will help ensure that there is a consistent message about parasite protection from every member of the practice team, that parasite risk is reliably assessed for each animal, and that the products best suited to the animal’s needs are chosen.  This module walks you through the steps to creating your own practice policy. Includes downloadable client questionnaire.

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Parasiticides for cats and dogs: a rational approach. Module 3. Adult dogs

This module covers the five main parasites that affect dogs in the UK: roundworm, fleas, ticks, tapeworm, lungworm. Discusses different parasite control strategies, focusing on a risk-based approach and product choice.  Together with the integrated Product Guide it will help you choose products suited to your clients.

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Parasiticides for cats a dogs: a rational approach. Module 2. Puppy worming

Roundworm control is the most important consideration in puppy parasite management. Refresh your knowledge with this module. Beautifully simple slide show reminds you of the lifecycle of roundworm. Outlines rationale and current recommendations for deworming puppies and discusses choice of deworming products.

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Parasiticides for cats and dogs: a rational approach. Module I. Introduction

Outlines the risk-based approach to parasite control and helps you get to grips with the overwhelming range of parasiticide products by looking at what's available in terms of active ingredient, and what products need to demonstrate to get a marketing licence.

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