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Flea prevention and treatment

Fleas are blood-sucking parasites that can make life miserable for pets and their owners. They can cause:

  • intense itching and scratching, which can result in hair loss
  • Flea Allergy Dermatitis - a very common and unpleasant skin condition caused by an allergy to flea saliva
  • tapeworm infestation anaemia in puppies and kittens.

They're a common problem, with 1 in 5 cats and 1 in 10 dogs having fleas. And fleas multiply fast - just one female flea can lay 50 eggs a day, so it can take as little as 21 days for one flea to become 1000.

Prevention

We recommend that you regularly treat your pet with a veterinary flea treatment - not all 'spot on' treatments are the same. The staff at Adams Vets are trained to advise you on the most suitable products available for your pets.

We also recommend that you vacuum your house regularly and wash all your pet's bedding at 60°C to prevent environmental infestation.

Treatment

Most flea treatments are available as a ‘spot on’ preparation. The products available from veterinary surgeries are different fron those sold elsewhere. We have many owners visiting the surgery each year distressed that the flea treatment bought from ‘somewhere else’ hasn’t worked as fleas continue to become immune to older flea preparations and collars.

If you are worried that your pet has fleas, if you have found fleas on your pet or if you or other family members are being bitten by fleas please contact the surgery for free advice.

Free flea checks

Flea checks with a veterinary surgeon are available free of charge if you purchase a veterinary flea product.