Flea Control

Flea Control

This is a PREVENTATIVE PROGRAMME.  By preventing fleas from biting the animals and 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 CVP all of our products are veterinary tested and therefore have been scientifically shown to kill fleas.

Central Vets & Pets

Single Flea Treatments can be applied in the clinic from $10 - $20* per animal or you can buy packs that will last all Summer.

(*price depends on the animals weight)

Fleas are most often seen during the warmer months but as we keep our homes nice and warm throughout winter, we see 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.
  • We do not recommend flea collars or flea shampoos alone as they fail to address the environmental flea infestation.  This can be successfully achieved using certain veterinary fleas products such as Advantage or Advocate.  This product is especially designed to treat not only the animal but also the house and surrounding gardens where your pet walks. Advantage and Advocate treat the animals fur and are very safe to use.  When pieces of fur or dander fall off the animal as it walks around the house and garden the active ingredient is carried with the fur into the carpet and environment.  Here it still has activity against the flea maggots and adults and can quickly remove household infestations, breaking the flea life cycle and improving the overall skin health of your pet.
  • There are also other products that can be used in conjunction with Advantage topical treatments such as flea carpet sprays.  There are several products that last for 1 year in your carpet which also work extremely well.  These products work by being present continuously in the carpet so when a flea jumps onto your cat or dog, has a blood meal and then lays eggs that fall  into your carpet these eggs are then killed.

Unfortunately there are no products available that can prevent every single flea bite from occurring.  Some cats are super sensitive to the fleas saliva and in these animals a single bite can trigger a skin reaction called feline allergic dermatitis syndrome or FADS.  A similar syndrome also exists for dogs. This can be distressing to both the owner and animal itself but by using products such as Advantage or Advocate to not only treat the animal but also the environment where they live the exposure to live fleas decreases allowing these sensitive cats and dogs to get better and over time there skin can return to normal.  These products can be applied once every 4 weeks and we recommend that you treat your animal at least every 3-4 weeks for at least 3-4 treatments as this is how long it sometimes takes to break the flea cycle and sort the problem out.

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.

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.

Please call us to discuss an appropriate flea control program for your pet.  06 350 3950