Acclaim – Treating Houses that have Fleas
This is a spray for the house and should not be used on your pets. It effectively stops eggs and larval development for up to 12 months and will paralyse and kill adult fleas instantly whilst being safe to use in your home. This would be advised if you have a heavy infestation of fleas alongside your usual flea treatment.
A flea control programme needs to be individually tailored and take into account your reasons for doing flea control and the lifestyle of your dog and other pets. Your vet and veterinary nurse with their knowledge of the advantages and limitations of the products available is the best person to advise you about this.
The safe use of insecticides
Insecticides for flea control should be safe both for animals and humans provided the manufacturer’s instructions are carefully followed. You should be particularly careful to avoid combining insecticides that work in a similar way.
Always seek your vets advice if you are unsure about this and always tell your vet about any flea control products you may be using other than those which they have prescribed.
Certain types of pets (e.g. fish, amphibia, reptiles and invertebrates) may be particularly susceptible to some products. Do not use any flea control products in the room in which these pets are kept without first consulting your vet for advice.
Checking for a flea infestation
When a dog or cat is heavily infested with fleas, it is easy to find them.
- If the numbers are small, it is best to quickly turn your dog or cat over and look on its belly.
- If you do not find them there, look on the back just in front of the tail.
- Be sure to part the hair and look at the level of the skin.
- When the numbers are very small, look for “flea dirt”. Flea dirt is faecal matter from the flea that contains digested blood.
- Finding flea dirt is a sure indication that fleas are present or have been present recently.
Flea dirt looks like pepper. It varies from tiny black dots to tubular structures about ½ mm (1/32 in) long.
If you are in doubt of its identification the best idea is to put some of the material on a white paper towel and then wet the paper towel with water. The water will turn a reddish brown if it is flea dirt.
Many people find tiny drops of blood in a dog’s bedding or where the dog sleeps. This is usually flea dirt that was moistened, and then dried. It leaves a reddish stain on the bedding material and is another sign that fleas are present.
Our advice is to use Prinovox, Nexgard or Nexgard Spectra on every dog, and Prinovox or Broadline on every cat, in your household at the recommended intervals to protect you and your pets against fleas.