Fleas are most often seen during the warmer months but as we keep our homes nice and warm throughout winter, we see fleas all year round. Only a small part of the adult flea population actually lives on your pet. The fleas’ eggs and larvae live in the environment and can survive for up to a year, so it is important to not only treat your animal directly for fleas but also decontaminate the environment as well. Wash your pet’s bedding using the hottest cycle and regularly vacuum/clean carpets. We do not recommend flea collars or flea shampoos alone as they fail to address the environmental flea infestation.
Fleas will tend to jump onto your pet only to feed and then jump off again. Dogs and cats can have a reaction to flea saliva resulting in a skin condition called Flea Allergy Dermatitis or FAD. Treatment of FAD can be complicated and veterinary consultation is recommended.
Some signs that your pet may have fleas include:
Scratching, biting and hair loss, especially at the base of the tail and rump
You may see fleas (especially over the rump and in the groin region)
It can be difficult to find the fleas, but is relatively easy to check for flea dirt:
Simply moisten a cotton ball, part your pet’s fur and place the cotton ball on the skin over the rump. If the cotton ball takes on black specs surrounded by a reddish area, this may be flea dirt and can indicate that your pet has fleas.
What product to use?
Controlling fleas requires controlling your pets environment (cleaning bedding, vacuuming carpeted areas and reducing exposure to non-treated animals) as well as using an appropriate flea treatment/preventative.
There are multiple products that are available as either oral (tablets or chewables) or topical (spot-ons) preparations that can provide protection to your pet against fleas. Different treatments are available to suit your pet and their stage of life.
Warning: Some non-veterinary brands of flea treatments for dogs are potentially lethal when applied to cats. Always seek veterinary advice about the best flea treatments for your pet.
Please call us to discuss an appropriate flea control program for your pet. We have plenty of options available to meet your pets needs.
Ticks are most often seen during the warmer months, particularly when your pet is wandering around outside and has close access to other native and stray animals that may be carrying the tick.
There are a number of different ticks that exist, some of which cause local irritation such as the Bush tick, right through to the Paralysis tick which causes a number od deaths each year. In Western Australia, we most commonly see animals affected by Bush ticks, which latch on and cause irritation, transmit diseases and in some cases cause severe blood loss (or anaemia). Paralysis ticks are more common in Eastern Australia, and as the name suggests can cause severe neurological signs, including paralysis and even death.
Ticks often look like small black/brown lumps/spots that are tightly tucked into the skin and sites that ticks like to hide include:
- Underneath the collar
- Inside of the ear
- Near the eyes
- Between the toes
- Around your pet's penis, vulva, anus and perianal region
If you find a tick we strongly recommend you DO NOT remove it if you are not confident to remove its head and body in one piece (as breaking the body/killing the tick can result in the tick secreting diseases/toxins into your pets skin and blood stream). Please contact us if you require removing a tick you have sighted on your pet.
What product to use?
Controlling ticks includes reducing your pet's exposure to untreated/stray animals and checking your pet's coat regularly to ensure no ticks have latched on, as well as using an appropriate tick treatment/preventative.
There are multiple products that are available as either oral (tablets or chewables) or topical (spot-ons) preparations that can provide protection to your pet against ticks. Different treatments are available to suit your pet and their stage of life.
Warning: Some non-veterinary brands of tick treatments for dogs are potentially lethal when applied to cats. Always seek veterinary advice about the best tick treatments for your pet.
Please call us to discuss an appropriate tick control program for your pet. We have plenty of options available to meet your pets needs.