Parasite Prevention and Control Guidelines
Parasite prevention and control within the salon is essential for the safety of myself, pet parents and all pet’s entering the salon. For this reason it is required that all pets are parasite free before entering the salon.
In the event that I discover fleas, ticks or ringworm on your pet before or during the groom, I will take precautionary steps in salon and provide you with the following important home treatment advice. These guidelines will help you understand the treatments used in salon, and provide you with invaluable advice on purchasing the best product’s recommended by vets for worming, tick and flea control.
Dogs and cats are susceptible to a number of parasitic infections, several of which are zoonotic (possess the ability to infect people as well as animals). Parasite prevention is not only important for the health of your pet but also for the health of your family.
Please note ticks are a problem all year round in Queensland and are particularly bad from August till May, I love your dogs and cats too, so please don’t take the risk…
- Home Treatment for DOGS AND CATS with fleas - I highly recommend purchasing COMFORTIS from your local pet shop or vet – COMFORTIS is the FDA-Approved Chewable beef-flavoured tablet that kills fleas and prevents flea infestations on cats and dogs too for a full month.
- Flea Environment Cleaning - I also highly recommend vacuuming your carpet and all the spots your dog or cat sleeps on consecutively for 2 days, then leave it for a day, then again consecutively for 2 days – vacuum like this for two weeks and the fleas will be gone.
- If fleas are found on your DOG OR CAT in salon before or during the bathing process - Fido's Flea Shampoo is required and will be applied during the bathing process for the additional treatment fee. This shampoo is contains the natural insecticide pyrethrin to control fleas, ticks (not including paralysis ticks), lice and mite infestations on dogs, cats, puppies and kittens.
- Home Treatment for DOGS ONLY with ticks – I highly recommend purchasing BRAVECTO CHEWABLES for dogs from your local pet shop or vet – these are the only oral chews to deliver 3 months paralysis tick protection for dogs in a single dose. It eliminates fleas within 8 hours of administration and provides effective control of pre-existing paralysis tick infestations within 24 hours. Please note - In tick season daily searching for and removal of any ticks found is highly recommended.
- Home Treatment for CATS ONLY with ticks – I highly recommend purchasing BRAVECTO SPOT-ON for cats from your local pet shop or vet – it kills pre-existing and new infestations of paralysis ticks for 3 months. Fleas are also killed in up to 12 hours after treatment or after reinfestation during the 3 month treatment period. Please note - In tick season daily searching for and removal of any ticks found is highly recommended.
- If ticks are found on your DOG OR CAT in salon at any time during grooming – Using a tick removal hook, I will simply remove the tick, wash my hands thoroughly, clean the bite site with rubbing alcohol, and rinse the tool with disinfectant. I will always let you know if I find and remove a tick from your dog or cat.
- If ticks are found on your DOG OR CAT in salon before or during the bathing process - I will immediately remove the tick, and then apply Fido's Flea Shampoo during the bathing process for the additional treatment fee. This shampoo is contains the natural insecticide pyrethrin to control fleas, ticks (not including paralysis ticks), lice and mite infestations on dogs, cats, puppies and kittens.
- Home Treatment for DOGS ONLY with worms – I highly recommend purchasing COMFORTIS PLUS from your local pet shop or vet – it provides 3-in-one parasite protection for your dog, with protection against fleas, heartworm and intestinal worms (excluding tapeworm). The treatment is suitable for dogs with flea allergy dermatitis and will provide fast-acting flea protection for the entire month.
- Home Treatment for CATS ONLY with worms – I highly recommend purchasing DRONTAL ALLWORMER TABLETS FOR CATS (and kittens) from your local pet shop or vet – these tablets protect your pet against every type of intestinal worm commonly found in Australian cats, including roundworms, hookworms and tapeworms. The tablets come in a new ellipsoid shape, designed for easier treatment of cats.
Please note – I am unable to groom your pet if ringworm is present as ringworm is highly contagious.
- Home Treatment for DOGS AND CATS with ringworm – I recommend that you purchase Dermcare Malaseb Medicated Shampoo Foam from your local pet shop. This will aid in the treatment of ringworm however alone it is not an effective treatment of ringworm. It is primarily a treatment of seborrheic dermatitis associated with Staphylococcus intermedius and Malazzezia and it aids in the treatment of ringworm in dogs and cats by sterilising the coat of dermatophyte spores reducing the spread of infection and contamination of the environment.
Most importantly, I highly recommend attending your local vet to purchase GRISEOFULVIN for dog and cats. It is a prescription medication, available in tablets, suspension and capsules. GRISEOFULVIN is generally an effective treatment, other drugs are also available however Griseofulvin is the most common and is cost effective.
Skin creams very rarely work; at best they stop the spread of the existing lesions around the body. Treatment of the disease is usually indicated to minimise the risk of spread of infection to humans (particularly children) and to other cats and dogs. The treatment of Ringworm may need to be given for weeks and sometimes months (typically 3 – 5 months).
The response of individual pets to treatment varies, and it is important that therapy is not stopped too early to avoid recurrence of the disease. In most cases this means that pets must be treated for a minimum of six weeks, and in some cases much longer therapy is required. If there is more than one pet in the household, it is possible either to try and separate infected from non-infected pets and just treat the infected ones, or in some situations it may be preferable to treat all the pets – your veterinary surgeon will be able to advise you regarding your own circumstances.
- Ringworm Environment Cleaning - Thorough vacuum cleaning of rooms where the pet has access to is the best way to minimise environmental contamination, and this should be done as frequently as is possible (eg. Daily or every other day). In addition, the use of diluted bleach is recommended in areas that can be readily disinfected. Hairs infected with ringworm contain numerous microscopic fungal spores which can be shed into the environment. Infection of other animals and humans can therefore occur either by direct contact with an infected pet, or through the environmental contamination with fungal spores. In addition to minimising direct contact with an infected pet, it is therefore also important to attempt to keep the environment free of spores. Topical treatment of affected skin and clipping of infected hairs (with careful disposal) may help to reduce environmental contamination, and is also worthwhile considering restricting the pet to certain rooms of the house that are easy to clean.
Thank you for taking the time to read and understand the guidelines for Parasite Prevention and Control within the Purrfect Pet Spa salon.
If you have any questions or need further advice please feel free to contact Purrfect Pet Spa on 0492 008 583 or