A COMMON, IRRITATING ISSUE

Fleas make the lives of pets and their owners miserable. They cause scratching, skin damage and can even transmit diseases when feeding off their host. 

PETS CAN PICK UP FLEAS WHEREVER THEY GO

Contrary to common belief, pets don’t get infested when fleas jump from one pet to another. Pets usually pick up fleas from the environment, both outdoors and indoors.

Pets can become infested anywhere untreated pets and wildlife have been

Fleas lay dormant in protective cocoons until the presence of a pet stimulates them to hatch

They’re particularly active in summer when the climate is warmer

The risk is year-round as they can still reproduce inside the home in winter

HOW TO KNOW IF YOUR PET HAS FLEAS

Fleas are small, move fast and can be difficult to spot – especially in dark, long or thick coats. If in doubt, look for black specks in the coat, comb them out onto damp paper and see if a reddish halo appears around the speck. If it does, it's flea dirt - your pet's blood partially digested by fleas.

The danger of fleas

Fleas

Fleas can cause scratching, skin damage and anaemia in puppies and kittens. Some pets are very sensitive to flea bites, a condition known as flea allergy dermatitis.

A growing problem

A growing problem

A single flea on your pet can lay up to 50 eggs a day. These eggs then fall off your pet wherever they go.

A homegrown infestation

95% of the problem lies in the home in the form of flea eggs, larvae and pupae. Flea eggs can develop into new fleas in as little as 14 days, which then jump on to your pet.

TOP TIPS TO TREAT AND PREVENT FLEAS

It’s important to treat your pets year-round to prevent flea infestations. If you have a current infestation, here are some tips to help you resolve the problem.

Treat all the cats and dogs in your home with a flea treatment such as FRONTLINE Plus or FRONTLINE Spot On routinely

Regularly vacuum all floors and soft furnishings, wash the pet’s bedding at 60°C and treat your home with a household flea spray such as FRONTLINE HomeGard

Give your pets access to all their usual places, so any fleas that hatch out jump onto them and are killed

Remember, no product stops fleas from jumping onto pets, so it’s normal to see live fleas even after treatment. However, don’t worry, these fleas will be killed within 24 hours

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FRONTLINE Plus contains fipronil and (S)-methoprene. UK: NFA-VPS. FRONTLINE Spot On contains fipronil. UK: AVM-GSL . VELOXA contains febantel, praziquantel and pyrantel. UK: NFA-VPS. Further information available in the SPC or from Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health UK Ltd, RG12 8YS, UK. Use Medicines Responsibly. FRONTLINE HomeGard is a biocide (non-medicinal product). Use biocides safely. Always read the label and product information before use. The FRONTLINE Pet Care products are non-medicinal. FRONTLINE, HomeGard, VELOXA and FRONTLINE Pet Care are registered trademarks of the Boehringer Ingelheim Group. ©2019 Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health UK Ltd. All rights reserved. Date of preparation: April 2019.