The past couple of years have been a nightmare for fleas! They love warm and moist environments. So the humid, warm spring and summers we have had recently have favoured their development.
Only 5% of fleas are actually on your pet,
the others are hiding in the environment in different stages of the lifecycle.
Fleas not only cause cats and dogs discomfort because they become itchy, they can cause a serious allergic problem in some susceptible animals called Flea Allergy Dermatitis.
In these dogs and cats even one flea bite can set off a reaction of scratching, hair pulling,
hair loss and skin infections.
What can I do?
Both our clinics have a large range of flea products – just ask our staff for their recommendations for your situation.
Flea powders, sprays, and shampoos will kill the fleas present on your dog at the time of application. However, most of these products have little or no residual effects, so new fleas from the environment are not affected. Thus, your pet may be covered with fleas within a day after having a flea bath or being sprayed or powdered. A more effective way of killing fleas are top-spot products such as Advantage which kill adult fleas present at the time but also have a long lasting effect of up to a month.
There are also tablet formulations which are a newer product and we are very impressed with the effectiveness! Bravecto chewable tablet lasts 3 months for fleas and 4 months for ticks- including paralysis tick, making it a great option if you take your pet travelling with you. Nexgard is also a chewable tablet for flea and tick treatment also, lasting 1 month. You can buy these at both of our clinics, and we can order in larger pack sizes if that suits- just ask one of our friendly staff!
Products such as Advocate and Nexgard Spectra are available which treat a combination of fleas, ticks, mites, intestinal round worms and heartworm. Discuss with our staff which products will best suit your pet.
The staff can also discuss with you ways of minimising fleas in the environment which is essential if you want to get on top of the problem.
This includes treating all pets in the household – cats as well – washing bedding and fumigating areas where flea larvae congregate.
For a consultation of skin problems and flea prevention please do not hesitate to contact us.