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Flea Advice

It can be alarming to discover that your pet has fleas but it should not come as a surprise. Fleas are one of the most common parasites in pets and almost all pets are affected at some stage in their life unless they are given regular, routine effective treatment to control fleas.

Fleas are unlikely to cause serious harm, but they are a nuisance and very unpleasant. Some animals are allergic to flea bites and can develop intense itchiness and quite severe skin irritation. Getting rid of fleas can be difficult once they have become established as each flea lays a large number of eggs in the house which in turn hatch to produce an ever expanding population of adult fleas in the house. Flea eggs can survive for up to 1 year in the house before hatching. Regular effective treatment to prevent flea infestation is strongly recommended. If your pet has fleas the house also has to be treated with an effective product to eliminate flea eggs.

Fleas can pass on other diseases to your pet and so flea control is an important aspect of routine health care for your pet.

There are also many products available to treat your pet, please contact the surgery where we will be able to give you details on the best treatment for your pet and home.

Please note that many non-prescription products such as flea collars, flea powders, flea shampoos, household sprays and some products applied to the skin on the neck of your pet may have limited effectiveness at controlling fleas.

For further information on parasite control, visit www.itsajungle.co.uk