Why you should regularly treat your pet for fleas

Pet Tips from Oscar

Did you know that:

  • 265,000+ dogs are allergic to fleas?
  • 1,019,590 of us are totally oblivious to the fact that we live in the same house as a dog with fleas?
  • fleas are not fussy, they’re just as happy to infest a clean home as a dirty one, so never be embarrassed to get help to control them
  • fleas will live in carpets and on pet beds etc

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Types of Flea

There are many types of flea! Most fleas only give you a swift bite as they can only breed on their host animal. So if your dog comes into contact with a hedgehog for example the fleas picked up won’t breed on the dog. The exception is the cat flea, this is the most common and can breed on both cats and dogs.

If your pet starts to itch repeatedly then it may be worth following these simple steps to check if they have fleas:

  • Stand them on a damp piece of paper
  • Comb them through
  • If tiny flecks fall onto the paper, absorbs the moisture forming pink circles, then you’ve got yourself some flea poo..nice
  • The circle formed is undigested blood previously sucked from your pet…lovely.
How can you stop or reduce flea infestation?

Follow this 5 step plan:

  1. Treat your pet with a product to kill any existing fleas
  2. Reapply at the label-recommended interval or fit a flea collar
  3. Vacuum floors and soft furnishings and wash your pets bedding at 60c on a regular basis
  4. Treat the house with a long lasting household flea spray
  5. Worm pets regularly as fleas carry and transmit some types of tapeworm.
What products do we at Oscars recommend?

Any product selected whether or not Oscar recommended should be government approved. Any product that claims to cure, kill or prevent must be licensed. This gives peace of mind that it’s safe and you know what you’re getting.

We recommend the new veterinary strength FiproTech from Beaphar.

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WHY? It’s a spot on & very little is absorbed through the skin, it spreads over the body surface reaching most parts within 24 hours.

It concentrates on the oil producing glands at the base of the hair follicles making it active longer even after swimming, bathing or grooming. But don’t bath an animal for the first 48 hours after treatment to ensure it has spread all over the body.

Alan & Julie would be happy to answer any questions you may have or if you would like more information about our products please contact us.

Email: alan.parry@oscars.co.uk

Tele: 01235 759237

Mob: 07914 015719

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