Flea Control

Flea Control

This is a PREVENTATIVE PROGRAMME.  By preventing fleas from laying eggs in your carpet, bedding and garden, the life cycle can be broken.  This can reduce the number of treatments required over time and importantly prevent your pet developing allergies to fleas.

Using products that actually work is important.  At Central Vets & Pets, all of our products are veterinary tested and therefore have been scientifically shown to kill fleas.

Fleas are most often seen during the warmer months but as we keep our homes nice and warm throughout winter, we are more commonly seeing fleas all year round.

Only a small part of the adult flea population actually lives on your pet. The fleas’ eggs and larvae live in the environment, especially in the carpet of your home.  Fleas can become dormant and survive for up to one year in a capsule that is activated by the vibrations of animals or humans walking past. 

It is therefore very important to not only treat the fleas on your animal but also to treat the home carpets and the environments where your pets may go.

Some signs that your pet may have fleas include:

  • Scratching, biting and hair loss, especially at the base of the tail and rump
  • You may see fleas (especially over the rump and in the groin region)
  • It can be difficult to find the fleas, but is relatively easy to check for flea dirt.  Simply moisten a cotton ball, part your pet’s fur and place the cotton ball on the skin over the rump. If the cotton ball takes on black specs surrounded by a reddish area, this may be flea dirt and can indicate that your pet has fleas. 

Remember - humans have a body temperature of 36'C.  Pets have a body temperature of 38.5'C so fleas can easily tell who they have jumped onto by the difference in body temperature.  Luckily for us they prefer hotter animals so if you are being eaten by fleas in your house you probably have a significant burden in the carpet and they are, by mistake, feeding on the wrong host!!  Time to sort out this burden if this is happening. 

How? 

  • Wash your pet’s bedding using the hottest cycle
  • regularly vacuum/clean carpets.
  • There are different products available as follows;

 

  • Topical:  These are products that are placed on the skin behind the head for cats or neck for dogs and include Advantage, Advocate, Bravecto Spot On, Broadline, and  Revolution.  All of these products last around 4 weeks and therefore require monthly re-applications.  The exception here is Bravecto Spot On which will effectively kill fleas for 6 months post application.
  • Flea Shampoos are not recommended as are usually ineffective.

 

  • Oral:  These products are eaten by the pet with subsequent flea control and include products such as Bravecto Oral, Simparica, Comfortis and Nexguard tablets.  Again they last approximately 4 weeks with the exception of Bravecto in cats and dogs where it lasts 3 months.

 

  • Collars:  Flea collars also offer an effective means to prevent flea infestations on your pets.  Collars that we supply include the Seresto collar which remains effective against fleas for up to 8 months post opening.  

 

  • Environmental:  Products such as Advantage and Advocate fall off the pet as they shed their coat and remain active where they land on the ground.  These two products can therefore effectively help clean up the environmental flea burden.  Sprays such as Indorex Flea foggers are also very effective at treating houses with foggers set off per room.  This product will continue to kill fleas and their larvae for up to one year post treating the carpets and is a good way to kill any fleas that are brought into your home even when your pets are treated.

Flea Allergy:

Unfortunately there are no products available that can prevent every single flea bite from occurring.  A hungry flea will always manage to bite a treated animal and as such, some cats or dogs are super sensitive to the fleas saliva and in these animals a single bite can trigger a skin reaction called feline/canine allergic dermatitis syndrome or FADS / CADS.  This can be distressing to both the owner and animal itself but by using proven flea products the cycle can be broken over time decreasing the exposure of your pet to fleas.

Breaking the cycle is the fundamental step that needs to be taken for correct flea control and as such require regular administering of these products.

So as you can see there are many products available for preventing and treating flea infestations.  However they need to be used in a coordinated way to get the best bang for your buck as the flea life cycle is more complicated than it appears. 

 

If you would like to discuss an effective flea treatment programme for your household, get in touch with Central Vets & Pets and one of the team will provide you with all the information and help that you require for this year.

Please call us to discuss an appropriate flea control program for your pet.  06 350 3950 or e mail us on centralvetsandpets@gmail.com and we will be in touch to help.