Fleas are seen in maximum numbers during the warmer months but as we keep our homes warm throughout winter, we do see fleas all year round. Only a small part of the adult flea population actually lives on your pet – they hop on for a feed, then hop off to lay eggs in the animals environment. Flea eggs and larvae can survive for up to a year, so it is important to not only treat your animal directly for adult fleas but also to use a product that manages environmental contamination as well. Washing your pets bedding using the hottest cycle and regularly vacuuming carpets and fabric furniture can help.
Most animals will be itchy and mildly uncomfortable when they pick up a few fleas, but a small number of dogs and cats can have a severe reaction to flea saliva resulting in a skin condition called Flea Allergy Dermatitis or FAD. Treatment of FAD can be complicated and veterinary advice is recommended.
In addition to causing skin irritation fleas can spread blood borne diseases – another reason we recommend using a good quality flea preventative product all year round.
Warning: Some non-veterinary brands of flea treatments for dogs are potentially lethal when applied to cats. Always seek veterinary advice about the best flea treatments for your pet.