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Cats + Parasites

  • Diarrhoea and vomiting in our pets are common, non-specific signs and can be due to many different diseases and conditions.

  • Diarrhoea is not a disease in itself but rather a sign which may reflect many different problems, some of which involve specific diseases while others may be related more to management factors, such as diet. Many cases of diarrhoea will respond quite readily to simple treatment, frequently without the initial cause ever being established. If diarrhoea is chronic, your veterinary surgeon may require further investigations.

  • Ectoparasiticides are used to treat or prevent ectoparasitic infestations such as fleas, ticks, mange mites, ear mites, lice, and sandflies.

  • Emodepside is used to control roundworms. It is available as a combination spot-on product for endoparasites.

  • Endoparasiticides are also called anthelmintics or wormers. These medicines are used to control roundworms (nematodes) in dogs, cats and rabbits and tapeworms (cestodes) in dogs and cats.

  • Fenbendazole is used to control roundworms in dogs, cats and rabbits and some types of tapeworms in dogs and cats.

  • Flubendazole is used to control roundworms and some types of tapeworms. Your veterinarian will advise a deworming programme for your pet.

  • Garlic, the bulb of the plant Allium sativum, is a well-known herb and popular ingredient for cooking. It is supplied in raw form as the fresh bulb; as a liquid alcohol extract; or in gelatin capsules.

  • 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 not common in Australia and only rural cats are usually affected. The fluid injected by the mite is very irritant causing the cat to scratch, bite and lick which may result in extensive self-inflicted injury. Your vet will give you appropriate treatment.

  • 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 have rounded bodies.