Flea and Tick prevention for Puppies and Kittens

Flea & Tick protection for puppies and kittens

How do you deal with flea and tick prevention in puppies and kittens?

Welcoming a new puppy or kitten into your home is an exciting time, but, if you’ve never been a pet owner before, knowing when you should start preventative care such as flea and tick protection can be confusing.

Understanding Fleas & Ticks

It’s all down to understanding where fleas live, how fleas breed and how to effectively treat your pet (and your home) against fleas. Adult fleas are easily picked up by your pet almost anywhere, as they jump from animal to environment or from environment to animal.

Around 95% of the flea population live in the home. 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.  Regular flea treatment can either kill existing adult fleas or be used as a preventative measure.

Treating your puppy or kitten

When it comes to treating your puppy or kitten for fleas and ticks, most treatments are not recommended for use on animals younger than 10 weeks old. Once they have reached the correct age, there are several options for treatment, ranging from flea combs, collars, spot-on solution to tablets. Speak to your vet for advice on which treatment would be best for your pet.

Flea & Tick collars and spot-on solutions are topical treatments that stay on the surface and distribute over the pets body.

The active ingredients in topical treatments eradicate the parasite in various ways. Some kill adult fleas and ticks, while others kill the larvae or sterilize the eggs. There are some spot-on treatments, that combine active ingredients, Fipronil to kill the live fleas and S-Methroprene to prevent any flea eggs or larvae developing in your home.