I have seen so many animals with real flea problems. These pesky parasites are seen to be less active during the colder winter months and don’t breed well in dry summers as the eggs need 70% humidity to hatch. With rain however, fleas have decided this area is a great place to live and taken up residence in the millions!
Fleas are blood suckers and the irritation from the flea saliva causes our pets to itch. They can also carry a couple of diseases such as “spotted fever” and “cat scratch fever” and even the plague (not in Australia fortunately!)
Only the adult flea lives on your pet and 95% of the life stages are in the environment. That is why Nexgard for dogs and Frontline for cats are great at prevention as they last a whole month.
Vacuuming the carpet and pets bedding is a great start to remove any flea eggs and larvae, but make sure you dispose of the vacuum cleaner bag so they don’t hatch in the machine and escape!
Prevention is better than cure, and this season there are plenty of fleas around not to mention the deadly paralysis tick! It’s best to keep prevention going all year round so why not drop in to chat about the best products to suit your specific needs.
We hope the New Year has been treating you well! Thank you for being wonderful clients and entrusting us with the care of your wonderful pets.