Spring! Sunshine, Birds, Bees and Fleas.

September 4, 2018

 

 

Did you know that fleas can be dormant in the environment for up to 6 months? Their activity and reproduction is stimulated by warmth and vibration in their surroundings. This means that with the warmer weather and people and animals getting out and about more, flea numbers increase and dogs and cats are more likely to get infested.

 

Fleas have a life cycle that comprises of eggs, larvae, pupae, and adult fleas. Adult fleas are the only ones that we actually see, but for every adult flea, there are hundreds more eggs and larvae on pets, carpets and in homes. On pets they can cause discomfort and itchiness but also lead to other more serious issues such as Pyoderma (skin infections), Flea Allergy Dermatitis, and Anemia due to blood loss. Fleas can also be vectors for spreading disease, such as Tapeworms and Bartonellosis, both of which can be spread between animals and also affect humans.

 

Some flea facts!

  • Fleas can jump 150 times their own body length, the equivalent of a us jumping 300 metres

  • Adult female flea lay up to 50 eggs per day, or 2000 in a lifetime.

  • To do so, she will eat up to 15 times her own body weight in blood each day

  • Fleas are blind, but they’re very good at using heat and carbon dioxide detection to find their way from one animal to another

How to control fleas on your pets and in your home:

Ideally we recommend using flea prevention all year round, but this is even more important in the warmer months. There are monthly spot-ons, chews and tablets for dogs and cats, and a 3 monthly product available for dogs. All of these are very effective in preventing, controlling and killing flea infestations, and breaking the life cycle.

 

*Not all products are equal and some can be potentially dangerous if used incorrectly, especially for cats.

In time for spring, we have some promotions on our best flea products

  • Buy a 6 month pack of Nexgard Spectra, get 1 month free (while stocks last)

  • Buy a 6 month pack of Advocate and get 25% off (til 28th September)

  • Buy 12 months of Advocate and get a 3 pack free, in addition to the 25% off

Come in and see us anytime for a chat to our nurses about flea control, there’s no need to make an appointment

 

 

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