Flea Treatment

cat-scratchingFleas commonly cause itchiness and annoyance to pets (and they can also bite people!).

Some animals become allergic to flea bites and this can lead to very severe skin damage even if only one or two fleas are present.

It is quite uncommon to find live fleas on your pet, as your dog or cat will tend to groom them away, particularly in shorthaired breeds. Instead you may find flea dirt in your pet’s coat – tiny, dark, crumbly particles that fall out of your pet’s coat as you brush it.

It’s important to remember that only 5% of the flea problem is on your pet; 95% of the problem is in the environment in the form of eggs, larvae and pupae. Therefore if your pet has fleas, it is vital also to treat its bedding, as well as the carpets and soft furnishings in your home.

Fleas are caught from grass, vegetation, carpets, upholstered furniture and from other animals, both wild and domestic.

We strongly believe that prevention is better than cure and recommend using a good flea control product every month to prevent your cat or dog ever picking up fleas and bringing them into the house.

Some flea products may also treat other parasites at the same time such as Lungworm or Fox Mange and are often recommended by our vets.

Please feel free to come in to either our Teddington, Surbiton or Shepperton clinic for a consultation or more specific advice on flea control for your pet.