Good flea control plays an important role in ensuring your pets welfare. Fleabite cause irritation and discomfort and in some cases lead to more severe skin diseases.
In large numbers, fleas can even cause anaemia
How to tell if your pet has fleas
Your pet will be scratching a lot
You may be able to see fleas on your pet
You can usually see black specks in your pet’s coat.
How to Control Fleas
In order to achieve good flea control you must understand their cycle.
Adult fleas live on your pet and lay eggs in the fur .The eggs drop to the ground.
The larvae hatch out in the carpet and feed on skin flakes and flea dirt.
They spin themselves a cocoon, which they camouflage with debris from the environment.
The adult fleas hatch out when they sense a host nearby, feed on your pet and the cycle repeats itself.
It is as important to control infestation of the environment, as it is to kill the adult fleas on your pet. For allergic animals, environmental control is even more important, as is using a product that kills fleas before they have a chance to bite the animal.
We at Park Vets recommend the use of a new product for dogs called Nexgard, this flea control comes in the form of a chewable treat and kills fleas within 24 hours.
For cats we recommend Broadline, this flea product is also new and comes as a spot on treatment at the back of the neck, the extra benefit to this product is that is also covers most worms as well.
In some cases where your pet has a infestation we recommend that you a buy a household flea spray in order to kill the larvae that are found in the carpets and bedding.
If you require any further information on flea control please give one of our nurses a call to discuss your requirements.