Fleas are often an unwelcome house guest when owning a cat or dog. Flea infestations start when adult fleas jump onto our pet from an infested environment-possibly your home, garden or local park. Fleas bite your pet to have a blood meal. These bites cause irritation at best and significant health problems at worst:
Life Cycle Fleas The flea life cycle.
- A single adult flea can lay up to 1500 eggs on your pet in their lifetime.
- The eggs drop off around your house and garden as your pet roams.
- Flea eggs hatch into larvae. Larvae move away from light into the depths of your carpets, and into cracks and crevices. Larvae moult twice and spin a cocoon.
- New adult fleas develop within the pupae. They wait here until a new host animal (or human!) passes by. The pupae then hatch and the new adult emerges and jumps onto the new host.
Now with summers and centrally heated winter homes fleas can continue their life cycle all year around. An effective flea control is necessary the whole year around. Please feel free to visit our practice to discuss which flea product suits your pet best or make an appointment to see the nurse.
Ticks are bloodsucking parasites. Pets are likely to be exposed in areas of heathland, moorland or woodland, but you can also pick up ticks in your garden or public parks. Ticks can be of varying size, either due to their 'life stage' (larvae, nymph or adult) or due to the amount of blood they consume: adult females can swell up 200 times their original size.
Ticks favour attachment at sites where the hair is relatively thin such as the face and ears. They feed for several days, becoming an irritating attachment for your pet.
They may cause an infection at the site and can transmit serious disease, some of which can also effect humans e.g. Lyme disease.
Our "Prescription Only Medicine" tick killers (Spot on or collar) prevent ticks from attaching and kills them within 1 hour.
Once dead, many ticks will drop off naturally but if they do not they can be removed by a gentle pull, preferably with a special tick remover.