Animal Care

Flea Prevention

Is your pet scratching?
Can you see tiny brown specks in its fur?
Are there small browny/black insects scurrying about?
Do you have some unaccounted for insect bites yourself?


A yes to any of these questions could mean unwelcome visitors - FLEAS...

Fleas can be a problem even in the best kept homes and on the cleanest pets. But you can control them as long as you treat both your pet and your home. Fleas live and feed on pets. After feeding on your pet's blood the female flea lays eggs which drop into the animal's bedding or favourite resting place. The highest concentration of eggs, larvae and pupae are likely to be in these areas rather than on the animal itself.

Did you know...
fleas can lay up to 20 eggs per day and 1,500 in one lifetime.
What's more it's not just the flea bites that can make your pet scratch - they can also be allergic to the flea saliva. This is called flea-bite hypersensitivity. This is one cause of a condition called miliary dermatitis and can be initiated by just one flea.

Did you know...
the flea's life cycle may be as short as 14 days or as long as 12 months.
The best way to stop fleas is to pay a visit to your veterinary surgeon who will recommend products suitable to treat your pet and your home. Make sure you follow all instructions to the letter.   Flea gel applied to the back of the animals neck will help to kill any fleas in your home as well as on your animal.

Regular cleaning of bedding combined with thorough vacuuming of furniture and floors particularly around skirting boards will help to destroy each stage of the flea's life cycle. You should throw away the dustbag from your vacuum after each use to prevent any flea eggs and larvae from developing.

Did you know...
the larvae which develop from flea eggs can become infected with tapeworm eggs.
If your pet eats an infected flea, it can also become host to this parasite.

 

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