Vets Column March 2017

March 03 2017

Vets Column March 2017

To bring a flea problem under control, you must deal with both the fleas on the pet and the flea larvae and pupae that are in the environment.

It is estimated that 95% of flea eggs, larvae and pupae live in your home environment, not on your pet. For each adult flea on your pet, there could be a minimum of 20 developing in the environment - usually in your carpets and furnishings. 

Once a flea infestation has been established, it can take weeks to clear.

The first step will be to treat your pets with the appropriate veterinary treatments that are proven to be effective and safe. All pets in your home will need to be treated. Be sure to get advice from your veterinary surgeon as some products can be toxic if given to the wrong pets.

Wash and treat all bedding and use an insecticide spray (available at your surgery) that will kill the fleas and larvae living in your house. This could be a challenge if your pet has the run of the house - you will need to vacuum and spray everywhere. Include their beds, your beds, carpets, floors, furniture etc. Also, don't forget to empty your vacuum cleaner or change the bag after vacuuming your house.

A female flea can lay up to 50 eggs per day, so over an entire life span, that single flea can be responsible for creating over 20,000 fleas. With modern living and mild winters, flea infestations can occur at any time of the year. It is much easier to prevent fleas than it is to combat an invasion.

By giving your pets regular preventative treatment they, and your home, will be constantly protected.

If you think you may have a problem with fleas, book in for a free appointment with one of our nurses who will be happy to help. 

Joining our Healthy Pet Club will help spread the cost of your pet’s routine healthcare and could save you up to £200 a year. The Healthy Pet Club is a monthly health plan that provides all the preventative treatments your pet should need, including annual vaccinations and parasite control, plus exclusive discounts and benefits. 

Call Longwell Green Veterinary Centre on 0117 9323660 for more information.