Flea Treatment

It is upsetting to find that your pet has fleas, it is understandable, but is a fact that the vast majority of pets will get fleas at some point during their life. Fleas are the most common parasite in dogs and cats.

The dog flea (Ctenocephalides canis) is a species of flea (Siphonaptera) that lives primarily on the blood of dogs. The dog flea is additionally troublesome because it can spread a tapeworm  (Dipylidium caninum). They are commonly found in Europe.

Although they feed on the blood of dogs and cats, they sometimes bite humans. They can live without food for several months, but females must have a blood meal before they can produce eggs. They can lay about 4000 eggs. The eggs go through four lifecycle stages: embryo, larva, pupa, and imago (adult). This whole life cycle from egg to adult takes from two to three weeks, although this depends on the temperature. It may take longer in cool conditions.

Fleas are not likely to cause any major problem, but they are not very nice, so a veterinary recommended preventative treatment is essential  in ensuring that your pet does not contract fleas, please discuss your preventative care with your vet or one of our nurses.