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Fleas in cats and dogs

The fleas that you find on your pet are only the tip of the iceberg - for each adult flea on your pet there will be at least 20 developing in the environment, usually in your carpets.

This means that your pet needs to be constantly protected against re-infection, which is easily achieved through regular preventative treatment.

A single flea can start an infestation in your home and, once established, may take up to a year to clear! Therefore to bring the problem under control, you must deal with both the fleas on the pet and the flea larvae (immature stages of the flea) that are in the environment. It is much easier to prevent a problem arising by using constant preventative flea control.

Fleas are active all year round. In the past, they used to be more of a problem in the warmer summer months but now, due to central heating and double glazing, houses are kept warm all year round.

What are the Symptoms?

Left untreated, fleas will cause your pet's skin to be very itchy and uncomfortable, and heavy infections can lead to anaemia.

They can also act as an intermediary host for tapeworm. The flea becomes infected with the tapeworm larvae, the cat or dog swallows the flea whilst grooming, and the larvae develop into adult worms in the gut.

Please contact your branch surgery for more information or to book an appointment for a free flea check with a nurse.

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