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Fleas, Ticks and other Parasites

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Use all year round protection

The vet can advise you on which product is right for you and your dog.

Call us on 01254 53622 for more advice.

We have a prescription spot-on treatment which, when used monthly will control fleas, roundworms, ear mites, mange and many other parasites. It is useful for general parasite control especially for dogs with skin disease.

cat flea imageUse a prescription treatment all year round to control fleas and ticks in dogs that go into tick areas - typically sheep or deer areas.

If you find a flea on your dog and you are not using a reliable flea treatment then there will already be lots of flea eggs about your home - you'll need to:

  1. Spray Indorex all around your home and vaccuum thoroughly over the next 4 weeks.
  2. Speak to your vet or nurse about which prescription flea treatment is the best for you and your dog.
  3. Treat all animals in your home with the appropriate flea treatment.
  4. Worm your dogs and cats monthly for the next 3 months (fleas transmit tapeworms).

If you find a tick on your dog

Apply your prescrition flea and tick treatment in the usual way and the tick will be dead in a few hours and will drop off. Then continue to use all year round. You will normally only find a tick once it has been on your dog for a few days and is full of blood.Using one of our recommended prescription treatments routinely kills ticks before they can transmit any blood borne diseases.You can remove ticks using a Tick Remover (available at the surgery), but you can only remove ticks you can find - there may be many others you can't see, especially on a long-coated dog. The only reliable solution is to use an effective treatment.

Flea Prevention - Why?


FLEA ALLERGY - Over 50% of skin disorders in dogs and cats are caused by allergy to flea bites. Flea allergic dermatitis is common, we see new cases every day. Pets can only become allergic to fleas after being bitten regularly. Prevent fleas and you will dramatically reduce the risk of your pet having nasty skin diseases later in life.

FLEA BITES - Fleas cause skin irritation in dogs & cats, and unpleasant bites in humans, especially once they are established in the house.

FLEAS CAUSE ANAEMIA - Flea suck blood. They take much more blood than they need and pass large amounts of flea dirt in the dog's coat. This drops off the dog onto the floor and feeds the tiny larvae that have hatched out in the carpet. Older dogs, pups and kittens are most at risk from anaemia.

FLEAS TRANSMIT PARASITES - Tapeworms are transmitted by fleas.

Flea Prevention - What NOT to use - Products that fail!

  • Cheap imitation spot-ons that just don't work.
  • Flea Powders, Flea Shampoos and most Flea Collars.
  • Herbal Flea Treatments.
  • Many Flea sprays on general sale are inefficient.
  • Flea Combs don't help at all!
  • Bathing your dog just gives you clean fleas!

David30 years ago..... (David Higginson MRCVS remembers)

Fleas were very common (and still are!). Treatments were fairly ineffective. We didn't understand the fleas' life cycle properly until it was thoroughly researched in the early 90's. We used all the preparations listed above in the DON'T USE section as we had nothing else. Then in the mid 70's Nuvan Top, an organophosphorus spray, was produced and worked quite well, but it was poisonous, smelt awful and drove pets, especially cats, to distraction when it was applied (weekly)! We knew nothing of flea allergies and thought that scabby cats and dogs had vitamin deficiency. We didn't realise until a decade later just how severe a flea allergy reaction can be; just one flea can cause a severe dermatitis if the pet is allergic to flea saliva. Ticks were not common and not associated with disease transmission in dogs. In the last 10 years they have become much more common and active for longer (March to October, longer if the winter is mild). Ticks are now carrying some nasty diseases that never used to be found in the UK.

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