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Need to do medications at home? Here's how...

At TVC we want to make treating your animal as easy and stress-free as possible - for everyone concerned. While dogs can often be persuaded to eat pills in their food, cats can be a different story and as everyone knows, the best way to win an argument with a cat, is not to get into one in the first place.

Happily, the days of having no option but to risk life and limb giving a pill to a cat are now behind us. We can give antibiotics with tasty pastes, or with long acting injections - and there are even medications that just need to be spread on to the skin to work just as well as the tablets ever did.

For the odd case where we can't sneak medications into your pet, we have some tips and tricks to help you out - please see below for some of our clinic-made how-to videos.

Please let us know if there's anything else you'd like covered in this section; we'd love to hear from you!

 

Flea Prevention and your pet...

Cats are clever creatures - and they have an uncanny sixth sense for anticipating the imminent application of flea treatment. Being sneaky helps -  as does opening the packaging in another room and maintaining a nonchalant demeanor.

On a practical note, Broadline flea treatment also contains a worming agent - so using this product can avoid the drama of also trying to persuade a cat to swallow a pill.

When applying our 'spot on' products; if your cat has a collar, take it off. The material can wick up the liquid meaning you and the cat aren't getting your money's worth of treatment. The collar can go back on once the liquid has dried.

Part the hair on the back of the neck, just above the shoulder blades and ensure the product is applied directly to the skin - rather than running off down the hair.

For dogs, we now have chewable tablets that taste like a treat. Instead of being a chore, both parties can look forward to flea treatment time. Bravecto and Nexgard are stocked in all our clinics - pop in and we can help you pick the best one for your pooch. 

               

Seresto collars are also available and provide 8 months of flea free happiness for both dogs and cats. These are much more efficient and reliable than the old standard 'flea collar'. We can help you decide if this option is right for your pet. 

It's worth keeping up with regular treatment as fleas survive in our warm houses year round. Remember that the vast majority of the flea population lives as eggs and larvae in the environment (outside and inside). These will continue to hatch out into the adult flea form - and these in turn will jump on to your pet. Keeping your pet regularly treated, means that as these baby fleas hatch out, they'll jump on to your pet, come into contact with the treatment and die before making more flea eggs to infest your carpet. 

 

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Of course, at some point you're probably going to need to give your cat a pill. Speed and sleight of hand helps - but here's a video to get your confidence up.

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