Suitable methods of flea control

What is the best method of flea control for your cat? This is a simple question with a rather complex answer. Successful flea control has two aspects. Fleas must be controlled on your cat, and fleas must be controlled in your cat’s environment. Since dogs and cats share the same fleas, it means that if you have a dog, it too will need to be treated. To appreciate the complex issue of flea control, you must understand something about the life cycle of the flea.


The Problem with Fleas

If untreated, the female flea will continue to take blood for several weeks. During that time, she will consume about 15 times her body weight in blood. Although the male fleas do not take as much blood, they too contribute to significant blood loss from the host animal.

This can lead to the cat having an insufficient number of red blood cells, which is known as anaemia. In young or debilitated cats, the anaemia may be severe enough to cause problems.

A large flea population in the home will also mean that other residents, such as the cat’s owner, become attractive to fleas. Contrary to popular belief, most cats do not itch too much due to fleas. However, many cats become allergic to the saliva in the flea’s mouth. When these dogs are bitten, intense itching occurs, causing the cat to scratch and chew continuously.


Treating a Cat Against Fleas

Supermarket and pet shops sell many flea products such as powders shampoos and flea collars, but their effect is limited. They are often only effective for a few hours after application, or are only effective against adult fleas, so fleas will return to you dog or cat a short time after their use and the environment is not affected.

It’s similar to picking up a medicine off the shelf in the supermarket or getting something on prescription.

We recommend a number of prescription-level products.

Broadline (Spot-on)

This is a very safe product free from organophosphates, which kills fleas on contact by targeting their nervous system. It is not absorbed into the pet’s body but remains attached to proteins in the pet’s skin and skin glands.

Broadline is applied to the skin on the back of the neck of the pet and spreads over the entire surface of the pet’s body within 24 hours.

Broadline not only kills the adult flea, it protects against re-infestation for 4 weeks.

It also inhibits flea eggs, flea larvae and pupae for 4 weeks. It eliminates ticks within 48 hours and protects against re-infestation for 3 weeks. Broadline also kills tapeworm and roundworm.

  • Fleas
  • Ticks
  • Tapeworm
  • Roundworm

Prinovox (Spot-on)

This contains a different drug to the Broadline but works in a similar way. It is applied to the back of the animals neck. Prinovox will kill fleas and prevent re-infestation for 4 weeks. In addition it will kill roundworms and help to treat earmites.

  • Fleas
  • Ear mites
  • Roundworms
  • Heartworm

You can call your local Mercer and Hughes Veterinary Surgery to discuss and order your prescription-level flea treatment.

Alternatively you can order your repeat flea and worming treatment online.

Treating Your Cat for Fleas
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