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Spring Has Sprung Demanding Smarter Flea Solutions

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Media release:  3 September, 2013

Spring Has Sprung Demanding Smarter Flea Solutions

A leading vet is reminding pet owners to take proactive steps to prevent fleas this spring as the milder winter months have created a perfect environment for parasites to flourish.

 “In warm conditions, fleas can multiply overnight, with a single female laying up to 50 eggs per day,” said Dr Perissinotto, head vet at VetShopAustralia.com.au.

“These eggs can then hatch and develop into adults in as little as two weeks. In a relatively short time, flea numbers can build up to relatively tremendous numbers.”

Taking control of severe flea infestations is expensive, with Australian’s spending many millions of dollars every year to bring these parasites under control.  Controlling an infestation is also difficult, time consuming and very frustrating.

Dr Perissinotto explained that proactive care is therefore essential to keep pets and homes free from fleas.

“The best way to prevent a flea infestation is to start treating fleas early in the season while flea numbers are still relatively low.”

Dr Perissinotto recommends following these four steps to protect your pets from fleas this spring;

  • Use monthly prevention treatments.  Because flea numbers can multiply so quickly, prevention is the number one key to avoiding a flea disaster.  Dr Perissinotto recommends choosing a spot-on or oral flea preventative treatment that is best suited for your pet and recommends applying it consistently.
  • Keep an eye on your pet’s environment.  Mow the grass, rake up the leaves and dispose of any materials or landscape products that will house fleas. 
  • Spot check your pet.  While preventative medication is extremely effective, pet owners should still spot-check their pets on a regular basis.  Grooming is also very important.
  • Wash their bedding and vacuum the floor.  When you see a flea on your pet, this flea will have come from an egg that was laid anywhere from 2-6 weeks ago.  This means that the eggs can also be within the home and be hatching into more adult fleas.

“Flea infestations can be overwhelming and easy to underestimate considering most pet owners are not aware that the majority of the flea population is at the microscopic egg stage, getting ready to hatch and worsen the problem,” Dr Perissinotto said.

“To effectively treat against an infestation, you need to kill the visible adult fleas on your pet as well as eliminate the threat of the eggs hatching in your home and around your yard.”

ENDS

Further Information
Media Contact: Naomi Szabo 07 5453 4840
[email protected]
Address: 5/42 Owen Creek Road, Forest Glen QLD 4556

Go to the Dr Mark bio page for more information about Dr Mark Perissinotto.