Alerting pet owners about fleas and ticks

After last year’s popular flea and tick promotion staff at the Crofts Veterinary Centre have once again joined a national campaign to alert pet owners about fleas and ticks which thrive in the warmer weather, making pets and their owners lives miserable during the summer months.

The flea has four main stages in their life cycle- egg, larva, pupa and adult.

It’s life cycle can range from a couple of weeks to several months.

Adult fleas prefer to live on the animal and their diet consists of blood meals courtesy of the host.

A female adult flea can lay up to 50 eggs per day, 500-600 eggs over a few months.Eggs are laid on your pet and in your pets bedding, in carpets and soft furnishings or anywhere your pet sleeps.

These eggs then hatch as quickly as a couple of days to a few weeks later depending on the environmental conditions.

Fleas are capable of transmitting many diseases, including flea bite dermatitis and tapeworms to both people and their pets.

The tick is a spider like creature that buries it’s head into your skin or that of your pet and feeds on blood as with the flea. If you walk your dog through long grass, woodland, rough vegetation or heathland then it is highly likely you and your pet have been exposed to the tick population.

Birds and other wildlife can also bring them into your garden putting cats at risk.

Ticks can spread babesiosis, ehrlichiosis and lymes diseases in dogs, haemobartonellosis in cats and tick borne encephalitis, anaplasmosis, tick fever and lymes disease in humans.

Some diseases spread by ticks can be fatal.

Prevention is better than cure and so The Crofts Veterinary Centre, in conjunction with Frontline Combo, is offering a special promotion for the month of June.

For information on the offer contact The Crofts Veterinary Centre on 01356 622167.