Fleas can range from an annoyance to your pet, to an all out problem for the family. The flea season tends to run from April to October, with the worst being when the weather is hot and humid. However, as most people now have carpets and central heating, it is not uncommon for fleas to live all year round in the house. Every female flea lays 100-200 eggs when on your pet and these will fall off onto the areas where the dog or cat lies or sleeps. Therefore, to acheive the best level of flea control, you must deal with both the adult and young stages of the fleas' lifecycle.
As well as causing an irritation to your pet, fleas can also cause severe allergic reactions, leading to nasty skin infections. They may also carry tapeworm and pass this to your pet. Most commonly, fleas are seen along the back of the pet and they will scratch along there. In pale coloured animals, you may see 'black dust' which is flea dirt.
We recommend spot-on treatment for your pets. These products will kill both the adults and eggs/larval stages. Hair and skin that falls off the pet will act on the stages in the house. For cats, we also have a 6-monthly injection which 'sterilises' the flea so that its eggs are non-viable. In a sereve outbreak, you may also have to spray the house. For any advice on what products to use, please speak to one of our staff and they will be happy to help you.
If your pet has open wounds or is scratching excessively, we would recommend bringing them in to see a vet as they may require further treatment.
For any further information or advice, please contact one of the surgeries to speak to one of our staff.