The following are some guidelines for parasite control in pocket pets.
Worms (intestinal-tummy worms)
Intestinal worms rarely cause problems in pocket pets therefore routine worming is not required.
Rabbits can attract dog fleas. There are some excellent, easy to use flea control products available including Advantage and Revolution.
Fleas aren’t a problem in guinea pigs, however ferrets can pick up fleas from either cats or dogs. Please ask our health care team which product would be the most suitable for your pet.
Rabbits can be infected with either fur mites or ear mites. Fur mites usually cause a dandruff type skin condition over the shoulders of the rabbit. It is normally not itchy. Rabbits with ear mites frequently scratch at their ears and earwax may be visible. If your bunny has any of these signs a vet should examine him/her so the condition can be treated and your pet made more comfortable.
Lice/mites are quite common in guinea pigs. They may be picked up from new bedding (eg. hay, straw) or other guinea pigs. Some mites are visible to the naked eye and cause intense itchiness and scabs.
Ferrets can pick up ear mites transmitted from dogs, cats and other ferrets.
Once again it is important to seek advice from our health care team.
Rabbits and guinea pigs aren’t susceptible to heartworm disease, however ferrets are! Prevention is by far the best approach and thankfully relatively simple. Oral medication called “Heartgard” is an easy preventative or “Revolution”, which not only prevents heartworm, but controls fleas too.