Fleas are a very common problem in cats and dogs, and most will suffer from a flea burden at some point in their lives. Cats are more prone to fleas than dogs, with 1:10 dogs and 1:5 cats being affected at any one time.
We recommend preventative treatments for the control of fleas. A monthly spot-on can protect your pet and family from the nuisance of flea bites. Fleas can cause anaemia in extreme cases and are also responsible for the transfer of tapeworms in cats. This is particularly prevalent in cats that are hunters. Prescription only medicines are prescribed to animals under our care, but for animals we have not seen, alternative products are available over the counter.
However, fleas found on pets are, in fact, the minority when compared to their environment; a mere 5% of the problem is seen on the animal with a whopping 95% of the problem existing as unseen eggs, larvae and pupae in the environment. A statement that always gets us itching!
We always recommend treating the pets environment with an Insect Growth Regulator Spray, which can be obtained from the practice. We recommend that this is carried out annually to prevent an infestation from occurring. Unfortunately, there is a stage of the flea life cycle that we are unable to destroy. This means that sometimes it can be some weeks before a flea problem can be completely under control, even when treated properly. For this reason, we always recommend preventative consistent flea treatment to stop an infestation from getting a hold of your household.