Quick help guide on fleas

Q - What are fleas?
A - Fleas are small, dark brown, wingless, blood sucking insects that irritate your pet and, if left untreated can cause serious health issues.

Q - What symptoms do fleas cause?
A - Fleas can cause various symptoms in your pet including
  • Scratching
  • Agitation, edginess and restlessness
  • Chewing and biting
  • Excessive licking
  • Pale gums
  • Patchy areas of hair loss
  • Skin abrasions and hot spots
Q - How do I treat my pet for fleas?
A - There are two main methods for treating your pets directly; internal treatments (i.e. ingested by your pet) and external, or topical, treatments (i.e. applied directly on to the animal); there are also products that treat the affected environment! See all Flea Products

Q - Why am I still seeing fleas after applying treatment to my pet?
A - Firstly, it is possible that the spot on liquid has not been applied directly to your pet's skin and, as a result isn’t working as effectively as it should. When applied to directly to the skin the liquid is quickly absorbed into the oils of your pet’s skin and coat and within 24 hours should be dispersed throughout the body. If the liquid has not been dispersed it won’t work as effectively as it should.
 
Secondly, fleas can be present in your home, on furniture and your pet’s bedding, for example, as well as on your pet. Therefore, your home environment will also require treating because without it you may still see live fleas. These will be new adult fleas which have recently emerged from their pupae, not the fleas which you may have seen on on your pet before.  In fact, only 5% of a flea infestation is present on the affected  animal, with the remainder in the environment.
 
As a result, we would recommend the use of a household flea spray (such as Indorex or Acclaim), which kill all life stages of the flea. We also suggest to vacuum daily for 10 - 14 days, which creates vibrations in the carpet which will encourage fleas to emerge from their pupae.  Flea pupae use changes in  pressure, noise, heat, carbon dioxide or vibrations to detect potential hosts, and vacuum vibrations tend to fool fleas into the open! It’s also advisable to wash any bedding your pet may have also.