Cats and dogs become invested with fleas through contact with other animals or contact with fleas in the environment. Fleas cannot fly but their strong back legs enable them to jump from host to host.


Flea bites can cause itching and in some cases, can be severe and lead to hair loss, inflammation and secondary skin infections. Preventative flea care needs to be ongoing.flea life cycle

To get on top of infestations, and depending on the medication chosen, cats and dogs need to be treated every month for 3-4 months, and the environment needs to be treated as well using flea bombs. It is important to vacuum and wash animal bedding regularly. It takes several weeks to eliminate the fleas and ongoing treatment of pets should be maintained even after the flea numbers have subsided.

Environmental sprays must contain Insect Growth Regulators (IGR’s) as this stops flea egg development. Insecticides do not affect flea eggs. We recommend Pyriproxifen – Indorex house packs.Indorex house pack

Dogs that are allergic to fleas have a severe itch-producing reaction to flea bites. The dog’s response to the intense itching is to chew, lick or scratch. This causes hair loss and can lead to open sores or scabs on the skin, allowing a secondary bacterial infection to begin. Steroids can be issued to give relief from the allergic reaction and where bacterial infection of the skin occurs, antibiotics will need to be administered.

Ticks will feed on a variety of animals including cats and dogs. They jump onto your pet and feed by sucking blood. They cause irritation and create wounds that can become infected. In extreme cases, your pet may become ill from loss of blood.

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Treatment recommendations from Franklin Vets

Dogs

Bravecto Chew (fluralaner)Bravecto chew for dogs range
  • Targets fleas, ticks & demodex (mites)
  • Lasts 3 months so no remembering to give monthly
  • Worming is also required
  • CAN’T be used under 8 weeks old or 2kg
  • CAN be used in breeding, pregnancy & lactation.
Bravecto Spot on (fluralaner)Bravecto spot on for dogs range
  • Targets fleas & ticks
  • Lasts 6 months for fleas, 4 months for ticks
  • Worming is also required
  • CAN’T be used under 8 weeks old or 2kg
  • CAN be used in breeding, pregnancy & lactation.
NexGard Spectra (afoxolaner, milbemycin oxime)NexGard Spectra
  • Targets fleas, ticks, roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, demodex, sarcoptes & ear mites
  • Lasts 1 month
  • Worming required for tapeworm
  • CAN’T be used under 8 weeks old or 2kg
  • CAN’T be used in breeding, pregnancy & lactation.
Simparica (selamectin)Simparica
  • Targets fleas, ticks, sarcoptic mange, demodectic mange & ear mites
  • Lasts 1 month
  • Worming is also required
  • Moneyback taste guarantee
  • CAN’T be used under 6 months
  • Not tested for use in pregnancy & lactation.
Seresto collar (imidacloprid & flumethrin)seresto dog collars
  • Targets fleas & ticks
  • Lasts 8 months
  • Worming is also required
  • CAN’T use under 7 weeks old
  • Not tested for use during pregnancy & lactation.

Cats

Bravecto Plus Spot on (fluralaner & moxidectin)Bravecto Plus
  • Targets fleas, ticks, ear mites, roundworms & lungworm
  • Last 3 months so no remembering to apply monthly
  • Worming required for tapeworm
  • CAN’T use under 9 weeks & 1.2kg
  • Not tested for use in pregnancy & lactation.
Broadline spot on (fipronil, (s)-methopreneare, eprinomectin, praziquantel)Broadline
  • Targets fleas, ticks, roundworms, tapeworms & lungworm
  • Lasts 1 month
  • No worming required
  • CAN’T use under 8 weeks & 0.8kg
  • Not tested for use in pregnancy & lactation.
Revolution Plus spot on (selamectin & sarolaner)Revolution Plus
  • Targets fleas, roundworms, ear mites, flea allergy dermatitis (FAD)
  • Lasts 1 month
  • Low dose & quick drying
  • Worming required for tapeworm
  • CAN’T use under 8 weeks & 1.25kg
  • Not tested for use in pregnancy & lactation.

Kittens, puppies & rabbits

Revolutions Puppy & Kitten spot on (selamectin)Revolution puppy, kitten & rabbit
  • Targets fleas, roundworms, ear mites, flea allergy dermatitis (FAD)
  • Lasts 1 month
  • Worming required for tapeworm
  • CAN’T use on puppies & kittens under 6 weeks & rabbits under 8 weeks