How to spot fleas
A common misconception amongst pet owners is that flea infestations are clearly visible or that the pet only has one or two fleas because they have only seen a couple at a time! The reality is that 5% of the flea infestation is on your pet and that 95% of the problem is actually in the environment where the various stages of the flea are developing! It is only when they have matured that they will jump on your pet to feed. If the environment remains untreated, an infestation can continue for 3 years, even without an animal present.
Fleas can also be quite sneaky, hiding deep in the fur. Often the only evidence of a flea infestation seen is the ‘flea dirt’ they leave behind.
It is important to prevent fleas from infesting in the first place by treating your pet regularly with comprehensive flea treatments available from us – as vet prescribed products really are the best on the market. An initial treatment product needs to be used in conjunction with a household insecticide spray to treat the developing stages of the flea in your home.
We will always advise you of the most appropriate treatment to suit your pet’s individual needs. Please remember that these products are only available from vets and are prescription medicines. This means that your pet needs to be seen annually in order for us to re-prescribe them to you. The surgery will provide flea check-ups free of charge, as necessary, to make this as easy as possible for you.