Flea and Tick Treatment
We’ve Still got Fleas!
If you have treated your pet and it does not seem to have worked, consider the following points:
- Did you use a safe, effective remedy?
Over the years, we have seen many products become ineffective. We monitor the results very carefully and can advise you as to what works and what does not.
- Did you treat all pets in the house, including those that visit?
If one animal is bringing fleas into the house, you will never win.
- Did you treat the house?
Each flea lays 40 eggs per day. Hoovering removes only 10% of them. Cleaning has very little effect. Most home treatments kill only the adult fleas, while the flea eggs can last for up to 7 years. Use a growth inhibitor to control the young fleas.
- Have you giving the treatment long enough to work?
Some products kill fleas within 3 hours, others can take days.
- Are you possibly only seeing the dying fleas?
Fleas escape detection by quickly hiding under the fur. When thy are dying, they become more noticeable because they stagger about on the surface.
- Have you seen fleas or just concerned that your pet is still scratching?
Killing the fleas will not take away the itch overnight. Flea bites can irritate for up to a month. Sometimes it is necessary to treat for the itch itself.
- Have you treated enough times?
No product is 100% effective. All products work for a limited time. To get rid of fleas, it requires regular, consistent treatments.
Ticks are 8-legged parasites that attach to various parts of the body, where they bite through the skin to suck blood from the superficial blood vessel.
All ticks have a life-cycle and depend on intermediate hosts such as rabbits and rodents or livestock, depending on the species of tick. When first climbing onto your dog or cat, the ticks can be the size of a pin-head (pepper-ticks), but once they are engorged with blood, the females can enlarge to the size of a pea.
Ticks inject anti-coagulants and other products into their bites, resulting in intense pain and irritation, long after the tick has detached and dropped off the host.
Ticks are increasing rapidly due to pets travelling to Europe and bringing them back
and due to climate warming.
Ticks transmit several potentially lethal diseases:
Dogs: Lymes Disease
This disease is becoming increasingly
prevalent in the UK. Patients suffer severe
joint pain, fever and shifting lameness. People are also susceptible.
The first cases in the UK occurred in
Harlow and Brentwood in 2017.
The parasite enters the bloodstream while the tick ingests blood
and causes life-threatening anaemia.
Cats: Mycoplasma haemofelis
This parasite enters into red blood cells, causing them to rupture resulting in anaemia, jaundice and death.
Treatment and Prevention
There are now a number of topical, or oral products that are safe and effective.
Tick treatments meant for dogs should never be used on cats or rabbits..
Products that are very effective in the UK may not be the correct ones to use on mainland Europe, since they have more species of ticks.