Fleas

JUST BECAUSE YOU DON'T SEE ANY FLEAS ON YOUR PET, DOESN'T MEAN THAT THEY HAVE NO FLEAS....

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JUST BECAUSE YOUR CAT DOESN'T SCRATCH & ITCH DOESN'T MEAN THEY HAVE NO FLEAS

(CATS TEND TO OVER GROOM RATHER THAN SCRATCH)

Contrary to popular belief, fleas and flea infestations are not only prevalent in the warmer months of the year. Fleas are in fact a problem throughout the 12 months of the year.

95% of flea populations live in the environment. Fleas require a blood meal from your pet to complete their lifecycle. When they have received this, they drop off your pet's back into the environment to lay their eggs. Flea infestations can originate from eggs laid in the environment up to 6 months earlier. It is very rare for a flea to jump from pet to pet, your dog or cat will almost certainly pick up fleas from their environment whether it be the backyard, the nature strip, the park or your home.

Severe flea infestations on your pet can cause anaemia from blood loss, and fleas also carry tapeworm, which can be passed onto humans.

Did you know that just one flea bite is enough to trigger an allergic reaction on your pet? This is known as Flea Allergy Dermatitis (FAD). FAD is characterised by very red skin, associated with severe itching. It usually starts at the base of the tail. The trigger for this condition is the flea saliva. If the FAD is severe, localised skin infection can occur. Your Veterinarian may need to prescribe medications to help reduce the inflammation, infection and associated itching.

So, how do we stop fleas in their tracks? Flea control and prevention these days is very simple and very effective. Products such as Frontline Plus kill fleas at all stages of their lifecycle, help to reduce environmental flea populations, and help to reduce the itching associated with FAD. You simply have to apply the liquid directly onto the skin between the shoulder blades of your dog or cat. This has to be applied monthly for the 12 months of the year for successful flea control and prevention.

Remember, all dogs and cats in the household have to be treated.