As we get closer to summer, parasite problems start to become more of a worry for pet owners, and probably the most common worry is fleas. Last year we saw a lot of animals with heavy infestations and so we would urge people to look at their flea prevention to ensure it is adequate.
Fleas can bite cats, dogs, rabbits, and even people. They are easily transmitted from one infected animal to another, and an important point to remember is that with an infestation only 5% of the flea population will be on the animal, i.e. 95% will be in the environment.
Fleas can cause really severe skin irritation, and some animals have Flea Allergy Dermatitis, which means a bite of even one flea can set off a severe itchy allergic response. Fleas can also transmit tapeworm, and heavy infestations in small puppies and kittens can lead to anaemia.
All of this means that regular effective flea treatment is really important. We have different options for treating and preventing flea infestations, and some of these preparations also include prevention against other parasites including ticks and lungworm. If you call in and see us we can advise you on the best treatment for your pet and household.
The Scott Veterinary Clinic
405 Goldington Road