Parasite control


Fleas are one of the most common parasites we see in pets. Not only can they cause problems with itching and allergies, but they can also transmit tapeworms to our pets.

Using regular flea control is important to prevent infestation. Once your pet has fleas they will complete most of their lifecycle off your pet - which means in your carpets, furniture and house. These stages then grow and hatch, jumping back onto your pet and re-infesting them. Treating a serious flea infestation can take several months, so we would recommend using regular preventative medication to stop this from happening. We stock a variety of flea control options, and are happy to discuss which will be best for your pet and their lifestyle.

We hear lots of myths about fleas only being a summer problem, but unfortunately they are a problem right the way through the year - our lovely central heating systems provide a perfect environment for them through the colder winter months. This is why we advise you to use a regular preventative product throughout the whole year.


Lungworm is a parasite transmitted by slugs and snails. It is a relatively new problem in the UK, but unfortunately we know there have been cases in our local area. This interactive map shows the areas affected.

Lungworm can cause serious medical problems in dogs, including bleeding, coughing and breathing problems. Severe lungworm infection can unfortunately in some cases be fatal. For this reason, we strongly recommend all our dog patients are given regular (monthly) lungworm prevention. Lungworm prevention products are prescription only medications, so all of the over the counter or pet shop parasite control medications will not protect your pet against lungworm.

If you have any questions our vets and nurses are happy to discuss which medications will be most appropriate for your dog to ensure that they are protected. 


Ticks are small arachnids (related to spiders) who feed on blood. They can attach to our cats and dogs when they are walking through long grass. The ticks then burrow into the skin and feed on your pet’s blood. This can transmit diseases between pets, as well as causing swelling around the bite.

If you see a tick on your pet, do not try and remove it yourself. Removal without proper equipment can leave the mouthparts of the tick in your pet, which can cause infections and pain. Our vets and and nurses can show you how to safely remove a tick, but the safest way for your pet is to prevent them getting ticks in the first place. We have a range of products which can prevent ticks from attaching to your pet, and reduce the risk of disease transmission.

Intestinal worms

Worms are extremely common in kittens and puppies and can cause major problems as they are growing, as well as causing serious diseases in humans. Intestinal worms can also be seen in adult pets, which is why we recommend regular worming with a veterinary prescribed product. 

Travelling with your pet?

Taking your pet abroad will expose it to additional parasites not found in the UK. Even travelling in the UK can mean exposure to parasites we may not see in the North-West. Each country has different parasite and disease risks, so please discuss with our vets if you are planning on taking your pet on holiday with you, and we can adjust your parasite plan as needed. You can find more information about travelling with your pet here.