The importance of flea control - should I consider home delivery?

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Did you know that, on average, pet owners give their pets a “monthly” flea control product just 5 times per year?  I must admit that in the past I have fallen into this category as it can be quite hard to remember to apply that product each month (you would think that calendars and smartphones would solve the problem but for some reason I still manage to forget on occasion).

What’s the big deal?

Well, you might think that the worst thing that can happen is that your dog or cat gets a couple of fleas, but it’s actually a little more complicated than that.  You see, an adult female flea can lay up to 50 eggs per day.  Let’s say you miss a month of flea control and your dog picks up just 10 fleas.  Let’s also say that those 10 fleas lay 50 eggs per day (that’s 500 eggs per day total) in and around your house and garden.  Over a month that results in about 15,000 new eggs in your environment.  Scary stuff isn’t it?  Particularly once those eggs have developed into fleas capable of jumping back on to your pets…

 

Does it make you feel itchy?

What can I do then?

If you happen to have missed a dose or 2 (and particularly if it happened to be during Spring or Summer) it can take a good 6 months of regular flea control to eliminate the flea burden again.  The old saying has never been more apt: “prevention is better than cure”.

What about heartworm?

While most of our clients choose the annual heartworm injection (which has no risk of missed monthly doses), there are some great combined flea/heartworm products available.  The possible ramifications of missing a month (or more) of heartworm prevention are even more significant as heartworm infection can be very difficult to treat.  Unfortunately heartworm cases seem to be on the rise in South Australia.

What do you recommend then?

It’s entirely up to you how you remember to give that monthly preventative.  Some people are great at using a calendar on the fridge, others set a recurring message on their phone.

 

 


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