Fleas are little parasites that attach themselves to your pet’s skin and feed off their blood.
Fleas are normally picked up from the environment where other animals, infected with fleas, have been. This could be from wildlife in the park or from other areas where your pet goes.
Affected animals leave eggs behind. These eggs will hatch and eventually develop into fleas, which will then sense the vibrations and warmth of your pet nearby and the fleas will jump onto your pet.
- 1 in 10 dogs and 1 in 12 cats have fleas.
- One female flea can lay 50 eggs per day.
- If the fleas are not kept under control, the female flea will lay her eggs in the environment. This can be the pet’s bedding, carpets, sofas, skirting boards etc.
- Even if you then kill the fleas that are on your pet, the eggs that have been laid in the environment will hatch and re-infect.
If you ever have a flea infestation on your pet, it will be necessary to ‘de-flea’ their environment too. This can be done easily with a household spray treatment and by washing any bedding on a hot wash.
De-fleaing your pet could not be simpler. All you need to do is apply a Spot-On treatment to the back of your pet’s neck every month.
It is important that you only give your pet flea treatment that is recommended for their species and weight. Dog flea treatments contain permethrin, an insecticide that is safe for dogs but highly toxic to cats.