Flea prevention

Fleas are very undesirable parasites which feed off our domestic pets – their natural hosts

When environmental conditions are optimal, the flea population will grow at a very rapid pace, and once you have a flea infestation, it is very difficult to get rid of the problem. Fleas can cause enormous problems to pets by spreading worms and other diseases, causing itchiness, irritation and in some cases resulting in severe allergic reactions. It’s also very embarrassing when they start biting your human guests at dinner parties!

Flea eggs hatch when the correct surrounding temperature and humidity are reached. This starts at the beginning of spring and results in a massive flea population by the end of summer and early autumn. Flea eggs laid in the autumn will hatch the following spring – or if indoors, whenever you turn on your central heating.

At City Road veterinary centre we determine the best flea programme tailored specifically to your pet and its lifestyle. We take into consideration many factors, such as how many dogs and cats there are in your home, whether they go out and if so, where and whether you intend travelling to southern Europe or any areas of the UK affected by tick infestation. We have a number of very good products to suit different pets and owners. In general we recommend a spot-on product (Advocate or Stronghold), which is applied to the back of the neck on a monthly basis. Unlike similar drugs, this product has the added advantage of providing protection against ’roundworms’.

Depending on the needs of the client and pet, we have a range of other products that we recommend including: tablets that control and kill fleas and ticks, an injection for your cat that provides 6 months protection, and sprays for your pet, for your carpets, and for your floorboards.

To achieve optimal flea control, preventive treatment should be provided throughout the year. If you are unfortunate to get a flea infestation on your pet and in your home, we are always available to give thorough advice on how to eliminate the problem effectively and safely.