Flea Prevention and Protection

Flea Control

We’ve all had those visits to the vets and heard the advice ‘you should be de-fleaing and worming your pet regularly’. How many times do we then think ‘well, my pet seems fine. He’s not scratching or rubbing his bottom on the floor so I’ll leave it for now’.

 

Well... little do we know what troubles might be hiding around the corner! Take a look at the following facts which may get you thinking again about regular parasite treatment;

  • Fleas can be contracted from the environment from other dogs, cats and even hedgehogs. Every pet, whether they venture outside or not is at risk from fleas
  • Fleas carry nasty diseases and can even cause a worm infection as well as other horrible problems
  • Fleas will bite you, your children, your house guests and anyone else who may come into your house leaving angry, red bite spots which itch like crazy – not nice for anyone!
  • Some pets have allergies to flea saliva and one bite can cause scaling of the skin, hair loss and other skin issues
  • Fleas can be carried into the house on clothing so even indoor pets are at risk
  • Worms and other parasites are often present in faeces which can be brought into the house on shoes or on pet’s paws
  • Humans can be at risk of some types of worms carried by pets, especially the very old, very young or immune-compromised so best we treat our pets before we have to treat ourselves!
  • The most common types of worms will happily live in the intestine of a cat or dog. Some will hook onto the intestinal wall and float their bodies, allowing them to catch yummy morsels of consumed food whilst reproducing and laying eggs which are then passed out in the pet’s faeces
  • Some worm burdens can go un-noticed for months and will only become apparent when the numbers get so high, the pet vomits up whole, live worms
  • Not all pets with worms will drag their bottoms along the floor. This can also be a sign of other problems, not just parasites
  • Ensure you regularly de-worm as no worming treatment prevents a pet contracting worms, it only kills any parasites present in the system. This is why the general advice is to dose every 3 months to keep on top of potential worm issues
  • Flea larvae can survive in the environment for over a year so always treat your carpets and hard floors with a prescription environmental spray. The larvae look for dark cervices such as skirting boards and cracks in laminate or wood floors so as well as spraying the whole house, pay attention to these areas especially. Make sure you spray everywhere, not just where the pet goes as larvae and flea eggs can be carried around the house on socks and clothing
  • Don’t be tempted by cheaper worming and flea prevention products on-line or in store. Generally, these types of treatments are not powerful enough to address all different species which may be of concern and will only combat a small number of the problem. Always speak to your veterinary practice about which treatments are most appropriate for your pet and their lifestyle

 

So consider regular worm and flea treatments for your pet to help save your pet and yourself from any future discomfort! Remember, if you need any further advice on parasite treatment for your pet, get in touch with your local vet.