How to treat your pet against fleas effectively

 

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It’s all down to understanding where fleas live, how fleas breed and how to effectively treat your pet (and your home) against fleas.

Read our vet’s top tips on how we can keep these pesky critters at bay.

Treat adult fleas

Adult fleas are easily picked up by your pet almost anywhere, as they jump from animal to environment or from environment to animal.  They can pick up a flea from:-

  • fellow dogs/cats they meet outside or on walks
  • from other pets visiting  your home
  • boarding kennels/catteries
  • pet groomers
  • cars
  • vet visits

Regular flea treatment can either kill existing adult fleas or be used as a preventative measure.

If you don’t think you have a current flea problem, then a regular, preventative adult flea treatment (some of these products also kill adult ticks too) could be enough to keep the fleas at bay.

Various products exist – usually containing the same active ingredients. Below are just a few.

Flevox Spot On Pipette for Dogs - Medium Dog (10-20kg) on Animed Direct

Flevox Spot On Pipette For Dogs - Medium Dog (10-20kg)

Flevox Spot On for Dogs - Medium Dog (10-20kg) is for dogs weighing between 10-20kg. Sold as a...

Our Price: £3.14

Beaphar FIPROtec Spot-on Solution for Large Dogs - 4 Pipettes on Animed Direct

Beaphar FIPROtec Spot-on Solution For Large Dogs - 4 Pipettes

Beaphar FIPROtec Spot-On Solution for Dogs is for the treatment and prevention of flea infestatio...

Our Price: £10.87

Fiproclear Spot On Flea and Tick Treatment for Cats - Pack of 3 on Animed Direct

Fiproclear Spot On Flea And Tick Treatment For Cats - Pack Of 3

Fiproclear Spot On Flea and Tick Treatment for Catsis indicated for the treatment and prev...

Our Price: £11.26

Treat adult fleas, eggs & larvae

Adult fleas don’t actually live on your pet, they feed on it, but live in the local environment – i.e – in your home!

Eggs/larvae can be found in:-

  • your pet’s bedding
  • soft furnishings/sofas/cushions around your home
  • cracks around the edge of flooring

They lay completely hidden, quietly until it warms up and the larvae hatch into adults.

There are “spot on” products available that have a dual protection element. These often have “combo” or “plus” in the name. They’re offering a combination of ingredients which do two things:-

  • Kill adult fleas
  • Prevent eggs from hatching/affect larvae development.

The double ingredient formula upsets the life cycle of fleas, stopping the eggs hatching, preventing them from developing into fleas and taking up residence in your home.

Below are just some of our range of “combo” products.

Fiproclear Combo Spot On Solution for Cats & Ferrets- Pack of 3 on Animed Direct

Fiproclear Combo Spot On Solution For Cats & Ferrets- Pack Of 3

Fiproclear Combo Spot On Solution for Cats & Ferrets is for the control and prevention of fleas, ...

Our Price: £13.10

Beaphar FIPROtec Combo Spot-on Solution for Medium Dogs - 3 Pipettes on Animed Direct

Beaphar FIPROtec Combo Spot-on Solution For Medium Dogs - 3 Pipettes

Beaphar FIPROtec Combo Spot-On Solution for Dogs is used against infestations of fleas, alone or ...

Our Price: £16.98

Fleascreen Combo 268mg/241.2mg Spot-on Solution for Large Dogs - Pack of 3 on Animed Direct

Fleascreen Combo 268mg/241.2mg Spot-on Solution For Large Dogs - Pack Of 3

Fleascreen Combo Spot-on Solution for Dogs kills fleas on treated dogs and prevents eggs laid by ...

Our Price: £16.99

Their effectiveness ONLY happens when the flea bites the treated pet.

If fleas are present in your home, but not biting your treated pet straight away, they will be  happily laying eggs, which are not affected by the treatment, and therefore will develop along nicely. That’s where a household spray comes in.

Treat your home too

As mentioned above, around 95% of the flea population live in the home environment.

Household flea sprays kill adult fleas (and in some instances dust mites too) on contact – usually for up to two months after.

They’re great for an instant cull of live fleas in your home.

They also affect/prevent the development of any eggs/larvae laying around too, again, for up to 12 months.

When used along with pet treatments, household sprays complete the tightest circle of flea treatments available.

Indorex Defence Household Flea Spray 500ml on Animed Direct

Indorex Defence Household Flea Spray 500ml

Indorex kills adult fleas and house dust mites on contact for 2 months after applications,...

Our Price: £8.99

RIP Fleas Extra Spray 600ml on Animed Direct

RIP Fleas Extra Spray 600ml

Genitrix RIP Fleas Extra Spray is a reliable, instant, protecting and complete solution to...

Our Price: £11.56

If your home or pet continues to be pestered by fleas, talk to your vet for advice and best practice. If your pet seems to be overly scratching despite flea treatments, again, talk to your vets as an allergy may be present and require treatment.