PDSA offer advice to keep pets ‘flea free’ this summer

As the UK enjoys long periods of warm weather, PDSA are advising pet owners to protect their pets from fleas and other parasites.

Leading vet charity, PDSA warns that hot weather can lead to big problems when it comes to fleas and it’s important for pet owners to regularly protect their pets from parasites such as fleas.

PDSA Vet, Olivia Anderson-Nathan, says: “A key part of responsible pet ownership is regular and appropriate protection from parasites such as fleas and worms. Due to their lifecycle, fleas can be a problem for even the most diligent of owners. This year’s long, hot summer means fleas will be happily multiplying, causing a problem for our pets and our homes.

“People, as well as pets can bring fleas and their larvae into their home on clothing and shoes. So even indoor-only pets require regular flea treatments to prevent a problem.”

To help pet owners deal with fleas, PDSA have suggested some tips:

Choose the correct product – speak to your local vet about which product is most effective for your pet and get your pet weighed so the correct dose can be given.

Treat regularly – follow the specific instructions for each product. Check the product label or ask your vet if you’re not sure how often the product you have need to be given. Mark the date for giving the next dose on your calendar to avoid breaks in treatment, which can provide an opportunity for fleas to invest in your home.

Never – use a dog treatment on a cat, as these can contain chemicals that cause fatal poisoning in cats.

Treat all your pets – it’s important to treat all the pets in your house regularly, because fleas can jump straight from one species to another. Pets that live outside should also be treated.

Treat your house – flea eggs and larvae live in soft furnishings. If you’re dealing with a flea infestation, make sure you wash your pet’s bedding and blankets at 60 degrees, and thoroughly vacuum and spray your home, or it will take much longer to get rid of fleas.

Treat for other parasites – fleas can lead to other problems such as tapeworms, so regular worming is important.

PDSA also highlight the importance of grooming to keep your pets coat in perfect condition, as well as giving you the chance to check for skin problems. Some pets are allergic to flea saliva, so even just one flea bite can cause a reaction.

They advise to keep an eye out for red, inflamed skin especially in the area where their tail meets their body. If you spot any concerns, you should speak to your vet for the best advice.