Flea Prevention

At the Pets’n’Vets Family we will consider your particular pet’s flea-treatment requirements – we have a range of flea products available for use and will choose the very best (and safest) one for your particular pet. We would be more than happy to carry out a FREE FLEA CHECK and give you expert advice. Find your closest practice.

Fleas – A Constant Battle

Keeping Fleas out of your home is a constant battle and due to central heating needs to be considered all year round. Unfortunately fleas do not discriminate; any home will do, no matter how diligent you or your pet is with cleaning and washing, fleas can become an unwanted house-guest.

Fleas are what we would call an external parasite, in other words they are little creatures that live in our pets’ environment and survive by biting them and sucking their blood. Dogs, cats and rabbits can all get fleas and pass them between one another.

Prevention is Easier than Cure

A female flea can lay up to 50 eggs per day and the skin-crawling truth is that about 95% of the fleas (in various stages of their lives) live not on the affected pet but in their environment. This means that if you are unlucky enough to have a pet with fleas you will need to treat not only your pet but also your home. This is achieved by firstly treating the pet, then washing all their bedding, all your bedding, vacuuming all soft furnishings and all carpets, wood floors and particularly skirtings. Once you have vacuumed everywhere (yes, even under the beds!) you must treat the household with an environmental flea spray. We always advise that this should be done twice, at three week intervals in order to catch any of the hard-to-kill flea-egg stages once they have hatched.  

The Good News

By treating your pet regularly against fleas you can stop the fleas from breeding in your environment.   

Problems with Fleas – more than just an itch

Flea-Allergic Dermatitis (FAD)

A great many pets suffer from Flea Allergic Dermatitis this is an allergy to flea saliva. Flea saliva is injected into the skin as the fleas bite their host and take a blood meal. Allergy to their saliva can lead to significant skin problems in some pets. We frequently see inflammatory spots, scabs, rashes and skin sores as a result of this condition. Thankfully we can usually resolve these issues with careful flea control and a short course of anti-inflammatory drugs. If in any doubt, we even have a low cost blood test available to us to check pets for this particular allergy.  

Flea related Anaemia

It is possible for young or weak pets to become anaemic (low in red blood cells) as a result of an infestation with blood-sucking fleas - although this is rare, it is an important reason to ensure new puppies and kittens are carefully checked and treated for fleas.

Tape-Worm Transport

Fleas themselves can become hosts to Tape Worm eggs. If an infected flea is ingested by a pet during grooming the pet too can become infected with tape-worms. For this reason all pets with fleas should also be wormed carefully, including a treatment for tape-worms.    

Other Diseases

As fleas may pass from one host to another, biting each one, they can pass on some blood-borne diseases.

So, if you haven’t already got a flea prevention programme for your pet, or if you are concerned that your pet might already have fleas then call your Local Pets’n’Vets Family Practice now, we’d love to help!

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