Flea Control for Dummies!

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Riverport Veterinary Hospital
1 Avoca Street
Goolwa
SA 5214

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Phone:
08 8555 5690

Victor Central Veterinary Clinic
35 Crozier Road
Victor Harbor
SA 5211

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Phone:
08 7522 4300

First of all, I’m not calling any of you dummies.  It’s just that flea season is upon us and if I can arm you with a little extra knowledge you will be much better equipped to deal with the pesky critters.

 

Uuurrgggggghhhhhh....

 

 

So here’s what you need to know:

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                Here’s to a flea-free Spring!!

              • Finally, we see flea problems all year round.  Sure the numbers go crazy in Spring and Summer but be wary that if you are in a high flea burden situation you may need to treat all animals all year round.
            • If the flea control regime you are using is not working, please let us know.  We don’t bite and we may well be able to fix the problem
          • FLEA CONTROL CHOICE IS VERY IMPORTANT!  This is one situation where you need to be talking to your vet nurse or receptionist.  Unfortunately many (even most) of the supermarket flea products are not very effective (and in some cases dangerous eg when dog product is accidentally given to a cat).  Please talk to us about what is appropriate for your cats and dogs.  We have made a conscious decision to make very little profit on the sale of flea control products to encourage people to come in, talk to us and make the right decision.  Feel free to compare prices but please ask us for the right advice as it can make a huge difference.  As a general rule we will recommend Frontline Plus or Comfortis for both cats and dogs.
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          Frontline Plus

          Comfortis

        • Flea Allergies can be tricky to deal with.  If your dog or cat is itching at the base of it’s tail he/she likely has a flea allergy.  Getting rid of the fleas is important but a trip to the vet to deal with the allergy is equally so.  The right choice of flea control product is crucial here to prevent the allergy from returning
        • Common cat and dog fleas don’t tend to jump from creature to creature.  Instead mature female fleas lay eggs which go through various life stages in your environment before climbing up on to your cat or dog as they lie down or walk past.
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        Severe flea allergy

         

         

      • Dogs and cats vary hugely in their response to fleas.  Some patients can develop a severe allergic dermatitis from a single flea bite, whereas some can have seemingly hundreds of fleas without being terribly worried.  Once again, it’s important to treat all animals in the environment.
    • Most of the fleas in your given environment (house and garden for most people) are NOT actually on your pets!  This is important to understand as it explains why flea control programs often fail.  Roughly 95% of the flea population are in your environment in the form of eggs and larvae in carpet, couches, bedding, garden etc.  Thus it is SUPER important not to just treat your pets with a short acting product.  For example, if you use a flea shampoo or powder to kill the fleas on your pet, sure they’ll be flea free for about 24 hours, but then they will pick up more from the environment and you will be back to square one (or even worse off)
    • Treat all pets in the household.  This is crucial.  All too often we see a dog with a flea allergy that is difficult to control because the cat slipped through the cracks of the flea control system and provides a safe haven for the fleas!
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    The flea life cycle

     


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