General Pet Care

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Pet Healthcare Advice if you are on a low income:

When you register your pet and have it vaccinated with a vet, you will be given lots of advice. You will need to budget for every eventuality, and the following tips tips may help:


We strongly recommend that you try to budget for unexpected veterinary bills by having pet insurance, as modern investigation and treatments can be very expensive.

It is cheaper to see the vet in normal working hours, so seek veterinary advice early when your pet is ill. It is a false economy to delay. If you wait until the middle of the night when your pet is seriously ill, the treatment might end up costing twice as much and with a reduced chance of a happy outcome.

Ask your vet what treatment options are available, or if you can pay in instalments. Many people compromise and make an informed decision about the treatment they want or can afford for their pet.

If you are in dire financial straits, the local RSPCA branch may be able to help with a means tested voucher. The RSPCA cannot, of course, be expected to finance 'top of the range' treatments.


Neutering: We strongly promote neutering to prevent unwanted pregnancies and for the health benefits. If you are on a low income, there are various schemes which subsidise the costs locally:

Cats: C4 neutering scheme

Dogs: The Herts East RSPCA branch can contribute up to half of the cost of neutering at your local vets.

Please call the branch for details on 01462 672278 or 484862.




Puppies and kittens need to be wormed monthly until they are 6 months old. After this, they should be wormed at least every 3 months, especially if you have small children, as one type of worm can cause blindness in children.

Rabbits should be wormed 2 to 4 times a year with Panacur which is a tube of paste which should be given over a period of 9 days and is in a paste form.

Vets sell the strongest wormers on prescription, a good non-prescription wormer is Drontal, for sale at vets, some pet shops, farm shops and internet pharmacies.

You will need to know the approximate weight of your pet. The other, cheaper, non-prescription drugs on the supermarket and pet shop shelves do not kill all of the worms that your pet might have.


Flea Treatments:

Adult fleas live on the animal, and are killed with an adulticide product. The developmental stages live in the environment, and can be killed by an ingredient in the flea product or by a carpet spray. 

Treating both the adult fleas and the larval stages gives the most effective control.  Again, vets sell the 'strongest' combination products on prescription, because they must be administered carefully.

A safe, non-prescription flea adulticide is Fipronil, known as Effipro or Frontline, for sale at vets, some pet shops, farm shops and internet pharmacies.

Remember, the term 'spot on' simply refers to how the product is administered, not the ingredients.

Beware, some of the supermarket and pet shop products have a narrower safety margin, and dog products can poison a cat if used in error.

Please contact either your vet or ourselves regarding flea treatment for rabbits if you have any queries.

There are various reasonably priced carpet flea sprays, which all work quite well. Read the instructions. Some councils will spray the house if you have a severe infestation.

Dental Health:

Training your dog or cat to accept having its teeth brushed daily from an early age is the cheapest way to reduce dental fees. Use a small soft toothbrush and pet toothpaste.

Do not use human toothpaste: it has too much foam and fluoride. It is only practical to brush the outside of the teeth, gently go up to the gums where much of the plaque accumulates.

The RSPCA Hertfordshire East Branch is a registered Charity No. 208244