Fleas are a problem that can affect our pets all year round and therefore it is important to maintain a flea control program throughout the year. It is estimated that only 5% of the flea population is on your pet and therefore 95% are in the surrounding environments. Eggs are laid onto our pets but will then fall off onto our carpets, furnishings and pets bedding before developing into larvae and pupae which can then lay dormant for many years. We therefore recommend that if you see fleas on your pet you should also treat the environment. As it is almost impossible to prevent your pet coming into contact with fleas, at Clarendon House we recommend regular monthly treatments to prevent a problem developing for your pet and in your home.
Fleas can be a hazard to both yourself and your pets as they will bite both people and dogs in order to feed on their blood. Flea bites will cause discomfort and irritation and some dogs will develop an allergy to flea saliva which leads to intense itchiness and sometimes severe self-inflicted trauma. This is often referred to as Flea Allergy Dermatitis (FAD). In severe cases a heavy flea burden can cause anaemia especially in puppies and vulnerable adults. As an intermediate host fleas are also responsible for transmitting some tapeworms if the fleas are ingested by our pets when grooming themselves.
As always a preventative approach to the treatment of fleas will protect both your pets and your home against infestation and disease. Our veterinary professionals at Clarendon House will be happy to recommend a specific flea and parasite control plan for your individual pet’s needs.
Becoming a member of our Healthy Pet Club will enable you to enjoy a wide range of benefits which includes 12 months of flea and worming treatments. For full details of our Healthy Pet Club please visit www.thehealthypetclub.co.uk
If you are concerned that your dog or your home may have a flea infestation or if you would like enquire as to the best preventative care please contact our reception team and they will be happy to help you.