15 February 2017
- Vaccinations – these start when your pet is a puppy or kitten and should be followed up with a yearly booster.
The vaccine covers a wide range of infectious diseases that could be fatal for your pet. A yearly visit to the vet also ensures a full health check which could help spot problems early on.
- Flea and tick prevention – use a veterinary recommended flea and tick treatment for your pet.
Fleas can cause a sore and itchy skin condition and can cause an infestation in your house – flea bites can be quite nasty for people too.
Ticks in the UK are known to spread Lyme Disease, Ehrlichiosis and Babesiosis so ensuring your pets parasites protection is up to date is vital. If you are unsure which anti-parasitic treatment is best for your pet you can call the Pet Health Helpline.
- Worming – worm infestations can begin from birth so it is important to carry on an effective treatment throughout your pets life.
There are different types of worms, some of which can spread to humans and are potentially quite dangerous for children, so ensuring your pet is given an effective wormer regularly is important for all member of the family.
It is recommended that worming happens at least once a month for puppies and kittens and three monthly for adults. The exact protocol will depend on the product used, so speak to your vet or call the Pet Health Helpline for more information.
- Neutering – a castration for a male and a spay for a female pet is the most effective way of preventing unwanted litters and many health problems such as testicular and prostate cancer or mammary and uterine cancers.
There are also many benefits of neutering to the behaviour and training of your pet. Speak to your vet, vet nurse or contact the Pet Health Helpline for more information on this.
- Weight checks – pet obesity is becoming one of the most common reasons pets need to visit their vets.
An overweight pet can lead to many health complications such as diabetes, arthritis, pancreatitis and various other medical conditions. If you think your pet could be overweight, make an appointment to have them weighed and discuss this with your vet or vet nurse. For more general information of nutrition you could contact the Pet Health Helpline.
This information is endorsed by the Pet Health Helpline service which is included in your policy. Should you have any pet related questions call 03333 32 19 47 to speak to one of their advisors.