No one likes fleas as their bite can be very annoying to both owners and their pets causing the animal to become irritated and start scratching. Female fleas can lay 40 to 50 eggs per day, usually on the host, although as these multiply they can roll off onto surrounding areas and therefore it is much easier to prevent an infestation rather than treat the pet and house afterwards. Remember 95% of a flea population during an infestation is not on the pet but in your home!
Ticks are small arachnids who satisfy their nutritional requirements on a diet of blood. They are vectors for a number of diseases including Lyme Disease, Babesiosis and Ehrlichiosis which can be passed on within 48 hours. Ticks will also attach themselves to humans and potentially pass on these diseases.
What products should I use to treat my pet against fleas and ticks?
The choice of product and route of administration will depend on the circumstances of the client and pet. We recommend using Advantix spot on monthly to protect dogs, or alternatively we stock a new tablet form called Bravecto which protects dogs from fleas and ticks for 3 MONTHS! The products we stock are 'prescription only' and require pets to be examined yearly. We are able to provide FREE flea checks if you haven't seen a vet in the last twelve months.
Not only that but the skin condition Flea Allergic Dermatitis can be very sore and expensive to treat. As well as being irritable, flea larva can be infected with tapeworm eggs and if eaten by your pet they can become a host to the parasite. The rabbit disease Myxomatosis can also be spread by fleas. Prevention is better than a cure!
- Tick activity traditionally peaks in spring and early summer, with a second peak in autumn.
- Ticks are able to feed from pets at three lifestages – first the 6-legged larvae feeds for 2-3 days; the 8-legged nymph feeds for 4-6 days and an adult feeds for up to 14 days.
- Ticks at all lifestages can transmit disease in their saliva while feeding, or more rarely if swallowed.
- An adult female tick full of a blood meal may be easy to spot – being up to 1 cm wide – but the earlier lifestages are much harder to see.
- Regular tick treatment helps protect dogs against ticks and the potentially life threatening diseases carried by these parasites.
FLEAS & TICKS