• Doubleview Veterinary Centre
  • 9341 1200
  • 177 Scarborough Beach Road, Scarborough WA 6019

Flea Control

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 flea's 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 carpets, couches, mattresses etc. We do not recommend flea collars or flea shampoos as they fail to address the environmental flea infestation and can be unsafe for your pet. There are many very effective preventative treatment options available. For cats we recommend Bravecto [3 monthly] or Bravecto plus [2 monthly] - both are spot-on treatments. For dogs we recommend Bravecto chews [3 monthly] or Bravecto Spot-on [6 monthly], or Nextgard Spectra monthly chews.

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.

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.