How do I know it’s fleas?

The following are usually signs of fleas on your pet:

  1. Your pet is itching more than normal (but not always)

  2. You’ve seen live fleas, or flea dirt (small black dots) on your pet or in your house

  3. You’ve noticed flea bites on your or your pet

How did my pet get them?

Fleas are found in warm places where animals visit a lot, which unfortunately is a lot of places outside! They can feed off all animals, including wildlife. They can bite people but they don’t live off us, they need other animals to survive. They can come into your house on your clothes or shoes.

How do I get rid of them?

95% of a fleas life cycle is actually not on your pet, they are eggs/lavae and pupae found in your carpet. This means you need a treatment plan that approaches your pet and your house.

1. Treat your pets

Use flea treatment on all animals in your household, even if they are not itching. Any animal can be a food source for adult fleas. Below are some recommend products you can buy without a prescription:

Dogs

Advantage Spot On for Dogs <4kg

Advantage Spot On for Dogs 4-10kg

Advantage Spot On for Dogs 10-25kg

Advantage Spot On for Dogs 25-40kg

Seresto Collar for Dogs <8kg

Seresto Collar for Dogs >8kg

Cats

Advantage Spot On for Cats <4kg

Advantage Spot On for Cats >4kg

Seresto Collar for Cats

Rabbits

Advantage Spot On for Rabbits <4kg

Advantage Spot On for Rabbits >4kg

2. Treat your house

You should flea spray the rooms in your house and hot wash all bedding at 60C (where possible). This should eliminate all adult fleas currently in your house. However the pupae part of the fleas life cycle are very hard to kill, these are larvae who have cocooned and will emerge into adult fleas (kind of like a really gross butterfly!). These usually hatch within 3 weeks in a normal house environment, so we recommend repeating treatment of your house every 3 weeks.

Below are some household flea sprays we would advise:

Indorex Defence

Permaguard

Gentatric RIP Fleas

3. Keep going!

If you have an infestation, where fleas have layed eggs and are breeding in your house, then unfortunately this can take 2 to 3 months to clear. This is because there will still be eggs/pupae hatching throughout the next few weeks. Keep flea treatment up to date on your pets and treating the house every 3 weeks and you will win eventually! You are likely to see a re-emergence in a few weeks after treating, this is normal don’t worry.

We hope this information has been helpful to you. If you would like to discuss any of our products, or if you have any questions about our blogs, then please email or phone our customer services. We would love to help.

Written by: Dr. Nick Garside BVSc MRCVS