An update on parasite prevention in the UK

As many of you will be aware, there are many options for parasite prevention available. These range from a simple product which can be picked up off the shelves in a pet store or supermarket, through to a POM-V product – that which can only be prescribed by a qualified Veterinary Surgeon.

What is a POM-V?

This term encompasses all medications which can only be prescribed by a Veterinary Surgeon. You may not have realised but many of the medications which your Vet gives you to help make your loved one feel better fall under this category. In the context of parasite prevention, these are usually the products with the best, most up-to-date ingredients which will likely be the most effective product – this is because we are seeing some resistance to the older, more widely available products on the shelves.

What is changing?

In line with new guidelines by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), Vets are required to examine your animal each time before prescribing a POM-V, including those covering parasite prevention. However, the guidelines state that as Vets, we can extend this prescription for 12 months after being examined, meaning that we can examine your animal once and allow administration of the POM-V parasite treatment for 12 months following this.

How does this affect me?

You may be required to bring your pet into the practice for a health check ahead of purchasing our POM-V parasite prevention products. This will be a free checkup appointment in which your pet will be examined (similar to a booster examination). If you require some parasite prevention to take home, please mention this to the Vet and they will prescribe this. If you already have some at home, but will likely require more within the next 12 months, please also discuss this with the Vet as they can authorise this – this means a note will be placed on the system allowing the product to be given to you when required, within the following 12 months.

If your pet is in the practice for another reason and has an examination by the Vet, it may be worth asking them to authorise this for the following 12 months, to save another examination being required.

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