Fleas are the most common of all external parasites found on pets. An infestation of fleas is both unpleasant and potentially dangerous for pets and their owners. flea bites cause intense itching, which may lead to rash, inflammation and hair loss. There are many products on the market, they can be purchased from supermarkets, pet stores and websites in the form of spot on treatments, tablets and insecticide impregnated collars. Their effectiveness varies. We recommend the use of prescription only applications as they contain more effective treatment, although they are more expensive than across the counter products. Whichever product you choose, do remember to treat all pets in the household routinely, including through the winter months.
Unfortunately there is no single product available on the market that will treat a combination of fleas, ticks and intestinal worms with one monthly application, please see the tablet below for a brief description:
|Stronghold - spot on treatment||Kills fleas, ear mites and the majority of intestinal worms|
|Frontline - spot on treatment||Kills fleas, lice and ticks|
|Advocate - spot on treatment||Kills fleas, ear mites and the majority of intestinal worms|
Your vet will be able to advise you on the best treatment for your pet.
NOTE: Never use a dog flea treatment on your cat as some can be rapidly fatal and don’t let your cat come into contact with a dog that has been treated for fleas until the product has dried.
Worms can be anywhere outside or inside, as microscopic eggs that are just waiting to be picked up and ingested by your pet. Fleas also play a role in the transfer of the tapeworm.
Regular worming, using either a spot on treatment or a tablet, should be carried out at least every 3 months, possibly monthly if your pet hunts.
Aelurostrongylus abstrusus (cat lungworm)
Lungworm has been known to be present in the UK for years but appeared to be confined to southern areas of England and Wales. Today it is far more widespread. It is now considered to be endemic for the whole of the south of England and south Wales and there have been reports of incidences in the north west of England. Thus it is reasonable to consider that there is a risk of this condition throughout England and certainly many parts of Wales. Routine roundworm remedies may be effective but this you should check with us on each occasion. There are very effective treatments for Angiostrongylus vasorum available. These treatments will specifically target lungworm as well as other intestinal parasites both roundworms, tapeworms and sometimes, external parasites, fleas and lice etc. Some `spot-on’ preparations particularly Advocate (Bayer) are very effective. Please refer to the 'Information Sheet' for further advice.
The majority of fleas found on domestic pets are in fact 'Cat Fleas'
Individual animals react differently to having fleas. Some will simply be very itchy, which is bad enough in itself. Some dogs, however, are highly allergic to flea saliva, and it’s these that suffer from flea allergic dermatitis, with severe skin irritation and hair loss. For these animals it may only take one or two fleas to cause a marked reaction, and they sometimes scratch until they bleed, and get infected sores.
It is important to treat every animal in the house. Flea eggs and larvae can remain dormant for several months.Ticks
Ticks are blood-sucking parasites that attach themselves firmly onto a pet. They grow in size over several days as they suck blood, then drop off to complete their life cycle. Ticks are usually picked up when dogs and cats walk through long grass. They can cause anaemia (shortage of red blood cells) and can transmit a disease called Lyme disease.