Dr Sam Cooper on Pez, huskies and fleas

Don’t we have a vaccine for our pets? asks Dr Catherine Eyles; no, we don’t. But we do have this cure for fleas: “It’s called Percoset and it’s been around for years,” says Alex Jones of Vets4Pets (vets4pets.co.uk). This alternative, naturally hypoallergenic, “human-free” product should prevent the most common strains of fleas, parasites that spread deadly scabies and on which millions of pets – cats, dogs, sheep, cattle, horses and wild birds – depend. It’s expensive – Percoset is a £5 “introductory” first purchase – but, when purchased as a booster, very easy to use. Used in conjunction with regular anti-flea repellents (Flea and Tick Control Plus £4.50 – see below), it’s a win-win.

What to do if you’re scared of cats using litter trays

“All the studies have shown that having a pooch in a litter tray is not harmful,” says bird-rabbit vet Graham Whittle, Battersea Vet. He advises encouraging your pet to sit on a sofa with you, but warns, “pet owners who don’t have the space in their house shouldn’t be scared of a dog using a litter tray.”

Pets that don’t get the daily injections required for a legitimate cat vaccination are at a high risk of hydrating into a major organ failure that may lead to the death of both pet and owner. Dogs, too, should be injected yearly, twice in the winter and twice in the summer.

A member of the RSPCA, Mark McDonald, tells me that it’s important to try to avoid touching your pet. Any toys or food you give should be cleaned before you hand it back to the owner.

Whittle says it’s an “easy” and “tidy” exercise to take your pet out every day. But before you do, you’ll need to label your cat’s litter tray with its regular vaccination and otherwise advised procedures – key to any proper research on the subject. “This is the perfect opportunity to dispose of extra litter,” says Whittle.

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