Successive mild winters in the UK and persistence of fleas in the household environment, helped by centrally heated houses, has seen booming flea populations.
Currently there are a lot of cats and dogs suffering from fleas and flea related diseases, despite being treated with flea control products. Remember, if there are adult fleas on your pet there will already be 1000s of eggs, larvae and pupae in the house.
Many of the non-prescription and older flea products are no longer as effective and it is best to use the newer generation products.
Your pet will continue to have fleas if:
- You don’t use one of the latest generation products.
- You don’t treat the household environment thoroughly with a suitable product. Even with proper treatment, in heavy infestations it may take at least 3 months to eliminate the fleas and all their life stages.
- You don’t treat all the animals in the house at the same time.
- You don’t apply the flea treatment at the correct intervals consistently. Many products need strict four-weekly applications.
Fleas are a huge nuisance for pets and their owners causing itchiness and sore, irritated skin. Some pets will also develop Flea Allergy Dermatitis (FAD). Once this common allergy has developed, it is lifelong. Each time your dog or cat is exposed to fleabites in the future the allergy will be re-triggered leading to a miserable itchy pet.
Flea control is a challenge so it is vital to treat your pets adequately and regularly and with suitable products.
We can advise you and supply the best products that will kill adult fleas on your pet and treat the flea life cycle stages in your home to eradicate the problem.
FLEAS ALSO CARRY TAPEWORMS
It is also important to realise that cat and dog fleas invariably carry the TAPEWORM Dipylidium caninum. Therefore, pets with fleas will usually have this tapeworm too. So it is vital they are also treated for this. The usual roundworm treatments do NOT kill this type of tapeworm.
Please ask us for appropriate tapeworm medication.