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Parasite Check

Is regular drug/pesticide use the only way to deal with parasites in pets and, in turn, keep all family members safe?

We offer an alternative to the common “healthy pet clubs” that are organised by the pharmaceutical companies to maximise sales. Anti-parasitic drugs are likely to affect the environment or microbiome and detox systems of the body while drug resistance is an increasing problem. Drugs should be used responsibly to keep them working well when dealing with infestations and in high-risk situations.

The Holistic Pet Club offers a responsible approach to parasite control, titre testing allowing owners to make informed vaccination decisions for their pet, weight checks, dietary and exercise advice and discounts on supplements.

If healthy means free from parasites for pets, why not simply check on it?

Fleas checks

Sorry, herbs won’t do the trick. Checking on a regular basis, using a flea comb, for flea dirt on a moist white tissue is a good way of making sure things don’t get out of hand.

Little black dots turn red in contact with water. Fleas breed in the house. A flea lamp can help detect them
swiftly. If you find something we recommend you use treatments that work – but we don’t sell them. Come for a “how to check for fleas consult”, take a flea comb home with you and start checking.

Checking for Worm (Eggs)

Did you know that wormers DON’T prevent worms, they only treat existing infections. Herbs that have anti-parasitical actions are very harsh. Well-tolerated “herbal wormers” in our experience won’t work if a real burden is present.

Before resorting to wormers, it is best to do a faecal egg count.

To test for the whole range of worm eggs, two different tests are required on stool samples collected over 3 consecutive days (1 per day). This is important for spotting Tape and Lungworm.

One type of worm (Toxocara canis) is genuinely dangerous for children and a single stool sample is sufficient to test for it. If you want value for money, collect a stool sample each day for three consecutive days and have a reliable tape worm result as well.

Lungworm can be dangerous for pets and the risk depends on whether your animal eats snails especially in high- risk areas (for example South Wales and Worcestershire).