Fleas, mites, lice and ticks are the most common of all parasites found on your pet�s skin. Fleas can cause intense itching leading to a rash, inflammation and hair loss.
To prevent your pet getting them and to treat them if they pick them up we recommend you use a �spot on� treatment called Advocate.Advocate is applied to you pet�s skin at the back of the neck and is absorbed through the skin into the bloodstream.
We recommend that Advocate is applied every month to your pet.
For every one flea you see on your pet there will be up to 100 flea eggs and larvae in your home.
Adult fleas lay up to 50 eggs on your pet, these roll off your pet and onto floors, carpets, rugs and your pets bedding.
In a few days these eggs hatch into flea larvae. These larvae dislike light and crawl into corners. These larvae hatch into adult fleas and jump back onto your pet and cause more problems.
To eliminate the flea eggs and larvae from your house we recommend the following:
Hovering your home, this includes rugs, carpets, floors, couches and chairs.
Your pet�s bedding could be harbouring many flea eggs and larvae. We would advise you to change your pet�s bedding.
Unfortunately hovering will only remove 50% of flea eggs and larvae. To kill all the remaining eggs and larvae we recommend you spray your house with a specific household flea spray. This spray kills the fleas present in the house and prevents exiting eggs and larvae from becoming adult fleas. This spray is safe for you, your family, your home and your pets.
Please let us advise you on how to use it.
These parasites are so small we need a microscope to see them. Some of them live on the surface of the skin e.g. Ear mites and Sarcoptic mites.
Others live deep in the skin and at the base of hairs e.g. Demodex mites.
Ear Mites can cause intense irritation in you pet�s ears.
Skin mites can cause a severe rash and hair loss. This skin disease is called Mange.
Stronghold spot -on applied to your pet every month will prevent and treat these mites.
Lice live on the skin and hair of your pet. There are 2 forms of lice.
Lice cause a mild rash but can lead to poor coat condition and hair loss in your pet.
Monthly treatments with Advocate treat lice.
If you find a strange lump stuck to your pet�s skin it could be a tick. Dogs and cats pick them up in woods and grassland.
Once attached to the skin, ticks feed on your pet�s blood. As they gorge themselves on blood they swell to coffee bean size.
Ticks can cause 2 problems:
Firstly by causing a reaction where they are attached to the skin and secondly by transmitting serious blood bourne diseases such as babesisosis and lyme disease.
If you see one on your pet don�t ignore it or try to pull it off.
Please let us advise you on the best form of treatment and control.