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•  Fleas can kill!
Not many people realise quite how serious a problem fleas can be for their beloved pet. The most obvious problem is skin irritation and this can be quite severe particularly in pets that are allergic to flea bites. Constant itchiness drastically reduces the quality of life for the pet. You can imagine how awful it would feel yourself to be constantly nibbled by sandflies! What many people don’t realise is that the flea sucks blood from their pet and if this continues untreated for several weeks the pet will eventually become anaemic from constant loss of blood. This can be so severe that it can actually kill the pet. This is particularly a risk in young kittens and puppies. The flea is also responsible for transmitting the common tapeworm which adds to the pets problems.
•  So what is the best way to treat fleas?
The answer to that is it is far better to prevent fleas in the first place rather than simply treating once you find a flea on your pet. The reason for that is because by the time you actually find a flea on your pet you can guarantee that you will already have a flea infestation in your house and that will be harder, take longer and be more expensive to treat than it would have been to use preventative flea treatment. Also the pet would have been suffering needlessly from flea bites for quite a time before you notice the presence of fleas. It is important to understand that fleas are actually quite hard to find especially on dark coated, long haired breeds. If you find one flea on your pet you can be sure that there are at least ten more lurking somewhere on the pet! It is much kinder to assume that your pet does have fleas and treat preventatively rather than assume that they do not have a flea problem.
Another very important fact to be aware of is that the fleas you find on your pet represent only 5% of the total flea population in your home. To understand why, we need to know a little about the flea life-cycle. Adult fleas breed on the pet and lay eggs which fall off into the surrounding environment. The female flea lays 50 eggs per day! Within 10 days the eggs hatch into larvae and 12 days later develop into pupae. So 95% of the flea population in your home is the eggs, larvae and pupae. The whole flea life cycle takes just 2-4 weeks.
The pupae can remain dormant in the environment for many months and are resistant to freezing, desiccation and insecticides. They are stimulated to hatch into adult fleas by vibration, warmth and carbon dioxide. In a cold, empty house the pupae remain dormant but as soon as animals or humans are around to cause vibration by walking around, breathing out carbon dioxide and warming the house the pupae hatch and within seconds the flea jumps onto its host and starts to drink blood. Because pupae need warmth to hatch, owners often assume that fleas are not a problem during winter. Unfortunately this is not true as with modern insulation and heating methods most people’s houses in the 21st century are plenty warm enough to keep the flea cycle going all year round. So the choice is to keep your house freezing cold all winter or to use preventative flea treatment all year round.
 
•  So which flea treatments/preventatives are best?
To prevent a build up of flea eggs in the environment it is essential that the flea treatment kills ALL adult fleas on the pet quickly BEFORE they have time to lay eggs. It is important to treat ALL pets in the household at the same time to break the flea life-cycle. With heavy flea burdens it will also be necessary to treat the environment with insecticides that prevent eggs already present from hatching. The ideal flea treatment should also have a long lasting action, be easy to apply and be non-toxic to the pet and humans.
 
Traditional, old fashioned flea treatments such as flea collars, sprays, shampoos, powders do not have all these properties. Flea collars are inefficient in that they only treat an area a few cm adjacent to the collar. They reduce flea numbers but leave enough active breeding fleas alive to keep the flea cycle going. Flea collars usually contain organophosphates or permethrin. Both are toxic if used incorrectly and there is known flea resistance to permethrin. Sprays, shampoos and powders also often contain these two chemicals, are messy to apply, have little or no residual activity and are easily washed off by rain or swimming.
The more modern and effective flea treatments are applied in the form of a pour-on on the back of the neck. There is quite a large range of products to choose from but BEWARE, not all pour-on flea treatments are the same. Some of those available in non-veterinary outlets are based on organophosphates or permethrin.
 
At The Vet Centre we only stock quality products that we have faith in, in terms of safety and effectiveness. We choose non toxic products that have been proven to kill all fleas on a pet quick enough to prevent egg production thus breaking the flea cycle. We stock a large range of pour-on products to suit different situations. Some will treat worms as well as fleas and some will also treat ticks, ear mites, skin mites and lice. One very important benefit of buying your preventative flea treatment from a Vet is the professional advice that can be given about which product is best for your own pets situation. Not all pets are the same and it is important that the most appropriate product is used.
 
All our front counter staff at The Vet Centre are very knowledgeable about the products we sell and enjoy sharing that knowledge with you. Below is a table to show some of the properties of our range of pour-on flea and worm products but before buying make sure you ask our advice.
Some of the properties of the different pour-on treatments available at The Vet Centre.
 
 
 
 
Prac-tic
Species Available for
cat/dog
cat / dog rabbit
cat /dog
cat / dog
dog
cat
 Fleas
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
 
Ear mites
 
 
 yes
yes
 
 
 Skin Mites (in dogs only)
 
 
yes
 
 
 
 Ticks
 yes
 
 
 
 yes
 
 Lice (in dogs only)
yes
yes
 yes
 
 
 
 Water Resistant
yes
 
yes
yes
yes
yes
 How often to apply
6wk cat
8wk dog
Monthly 1 wk Rabbit
Monthly 
 Monthly
Monthly 
3 Months 
 Age can be applied
 >8wk
Any Age 
> 9wk cat
> 7wk dog
> 6wk 
> 8wk 
> 8wk 
 Roundworm
 
 
 yes
 yes
 
 yes
 Hookworm
 
 
 yes
 
 
 yes
 Tapeworm
 
 
 
 
 
 yes
 Whipworm (in dogs)
 
 
 yes
 
 
 

Please contact us if you require any further information or if you would like to make an appointment to see one of our vets.

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