FLEAS, TICKS & MITES

FLEAS
Every cat and dog will come into contact with fleas at some point in their life and can quickly become infested. Fleas breed incredibly quickly and just one flea can lay up to 50 eggs per day in your home and can lay 1500 eggs in its lifetime. This can rapidly result in a very heavy infestation both on your pet and in your home.

For every five fleas on your pet there could be ninety-five in your home but they can often be very difficult to detect and most often it will be flea dirt that you will see on your pet. These are small black specks on your pets’ skin which turn red when in contact with damp cotton wool. If you are unsure if your pet has fleas please contact the surgery and make an appointment with one of our nurses for a free flea check.
Once your pet has fleas both it and your house will need to be treated with suitable products to provide effective control of the flea infestation. However, prevention is much easier than cure and the use of a recommended spot-on treatment from the surgery is the most effective way to do this.

TICKS

Ticks are often very difficult to detect on your pet as when they first attach themselves they can be very small. They appear as a small greyish lump on your pets skin and as they gorge themselves on your pets’ blood they swell to coffee bean size. Their mouth parts are buried under your pets skin and can be difficult to remove. Simply pulling the tick off will result in the mouth parts being left behind and can often cause nasty sores or infections.
If you find a tick on your pet do not ignore it as ticks in the U.K. can carry Lymes Disease so please contact the surgery to have it removed or to collect a suitable product to control them.

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