Guidance on best Practice parasite control in dogs and cats.
Winter is just around the corner and a lot of people have the idea that flea and worm treatments are only needed during the Summer time but this is certainly not the case! Summer time is certainly an ideal climate for fleas as they like the warmth and humidity but they will happily thrive all winter long.
When it comes to parasites it is much easier and cheaper to prevent,opposed to treating, an infestation. One adult flea can lay up to 50 eggs per day, these eggs can hatch then pupate, lying dormant in carpets and furniture for months even years, yuck! Keeping flea and worm treatment up to date will help prevent infestations from entering your home.
You should check your pet for fleas and flea dirt once a month and it is recommended that you treat them year round with a flea product. Fleas can cause health issues like anaemia and tapeworms as well as allergies and skin infection that could develop from the flea bites. When a flea bites your Pet it injects some saliva to stop the blood clotting in its mouth parts.This saliva causes a local reaction similar to a mosquito bite but in some patients the reaction is more severe resulting in self damage from scratching.
Cats and dogs are born with worms from their mothers. It is important that you follow a strict worming schedule. Worm your pet every 2 weeks until 12 weeks old, every month until 6 months and then every 3 months for the rest of their adult life. Flea and worm infestations often go hand in hand as fleas eat worm eggs and larvae which arethen ingested by your pet from licking and biting.
Modern flea treatments are very safe compared with many of the old products. There is even one treatment for fleas that is a spot on formulation lasting 3 months in cats or 6 months in dogs. These modern preparations kill fleas quickly in an hour or so while cheaper products and some supermarket or Pet-shop products can take up to 24 hours to kill all the fleas.