pet fleas

Each year in we see a problem with fleas. These pesky parasites are normally more of a problem in the warmer and more humid months, and are less of a problem in winter.

Fleas are blood suckers and the irritation from the flea saliva causes our pets to itch. They can also carry a couple of diseases such as “spotted fever” and “cat scratch fever” and even the plague (not in Australia fortunately!)

Only the adult flea lives on your pet and 95% of the life stages are in the environment. That is why we recommend treating your pet as a priority. We have some great products available now; Bravecto and Nexgard are 2 new products (for dogs only) that control Fleas as well as the deadly Paralysis tick. Then are both chewable tablets. Bravecto is given every 3 months, and Nexgard is given every month. We still supply Comfortis (a monthly Flea only tablet), or for those pets that don’t like tablets we can use Advantage (a monthly spot-on), both these 2 products can be used for cats as well. Salisbury Vet has in stock all four of these products.

Vacuuming the carpet and pets bedding is a great start to remove any flea eggs and larvae, but make sure you dispose of the vacuum cleaner bag so they don’t hatch in the machine and escape!

Prevention is better than cure. Best to start prevention now and drop in to chat about the best products to suit your specific household and environmental control.