FLEAS - how to prevent them!

APPLY THE CORRECT DOSE, which varies depending on the weight of your pet

-         AT THE CORRECT INTERVALS (usually monthly – before it loses its effectiveness)




      NEVER MISS A DOSE (or you risk futures infestation)


There are a lot of myths and misconceptions about fleas and flea treatment that I would like to explain and help you prevent a flea infestation in your home.




You do not need to spend a fortune BUT you must stick to the program and here’s why...




Firstly,  there are two types of fleas commonly known as, ‘dog fleas’ and ‘cat fleas’. Approximately 80% of fleas in this country are ‘cat fleas’ and this is largely because they live on both cats and dogs. There  is only one way to prevent a home infestation when using a ‘spot-on’ treatment, regardless of which brand and that is to make sure you administer the correct dosage (which is dependent on your pets weight) at the right time (usually every four weeks) every time (EVERY FOUR WEEKS!) and to every cat and dog in your house.

Every brand of product will state that you must use the product with that sort of regularity. This is not a ploy to make you buy lots of their product. It is simply because that although we see a definite ‘flea season’ through the summer months, flea’s actually live all year round. And if you are not treating your pet through the cold months of the year then you are likely to have flea eggs laid in your house which will hatch in the warmer months or when your central heating turns on.




How is a home infestation caused:


A home infestation is caused when fleas hatch from eggs in your home which may have come from your own pet, a friend’s dog who visits your house or a neighbour’s cat who visits your house (with or without your permission). Your cat/dog may also pick up a ‘hitchhiker’ flea from outside your house, on a walk for example. If you have not been treating your pet then these fleas will breed and lay eggs in your pet’s coat which naturally fall out wherever they go and will hatch when conditions are right. You cannot kill all the eggs once in your home and you will then see fleas regularly on your pet for a period of weeks or months regardless of whether you then start a course of treatment at that point. The treatment will stop those fleas breeding however and in this way you can break the cycle.




How does a ‘Spot-On’ treatment work:


Most ‘Spot-On’ treatments (tube applied to back of neck) kill fleas within 24 hours – before they are able to breed




What does a house spray do:


Most household flea sprays are designed to kill flea larvae that are living in your house. It is also important to note that eggs and larvae do not just exist in carpets and upholstery. They will also reside in the joins of laminate flooring, under wooden floorboard and in any dust and hair deposits on the surface of the floor.




If you stick to the program then you should NEVER have a flea infestation in your house. However, you may still see fleas on your pets from time to time. That is perfectly normal and impossible to prevent. As previously stated, ‘spot-on’ treatments will kill every flea that jumps on to your pet within 24 hours but that does not stop them jumping on to your pet in the first place. These are known as ‘Hitchhiker Fleas’. The important thing is that they will not breed and will be dead the following day.




Remember - Treat every cat/dog in your house with the correct dosage at the advised intervals as stated on the product. If you fail to do this all year round you risk a future infestation. It is also important to vacuum your floor and pet bedding regularly as you can actually remove at lot of flea eggs and larvae in this way.




At The Pet Store we offer Beaphar Spot-On treatment that costs only £2.33 per pet, per month

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