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    RSPCA Warns Of Flea Infestation Risk And Urges Owners To Treat Pets

    The RSPCA is warning owners of a flea infestation risk as temperatures in the UK rise and is reminding owners to regularly treat their pets for fleas, as the UK enters the peak flea season.

    For the first time, B&M stores are offering a discount on the RSPCA FLEAaway product to coincide with the warmer weather. Flea infestations are much more likely in warmer temperatures due to an increase in fleas breeding and hatching.

    RSPCA’S FLEAaway treatment should be used monthly. Each pack contains three months worth of treatment and is now available from £4.99, depending on product used, at B&M stores nationwide.

    Caroline Allen, Chief Veterinary Officer at the RSPCA, said: “This time of year is particularly rife for flea infestations as the warmer weather means fleas are breeding and hatching at a much quicker rate. It’s therefore crucial that owners treat their pets for fleas but the focus should always be on prevention which means using flea treatment all year round to protect your furry friends from those itchy critters.

    “Flea treatment can easily be done at home and should be carried out regularly for maximum protection.

    “Only give your pet flea treatment that has been recommended for them. Products suitable for one species may not be suitable for another. Some dog flea treatments contain permethrin, an insecticide that is safe for dogs but highly toxic to cats so always consult your vet if in doubt.”


    Tips For Keeping Fleas Away

    • If you spot fleas on your pet treat quickly, as they can give your cat or dog tapeworms and diseases (make sure you worm your pet as well).
    • Treat your home as well, as fleas can survive without a host for many months.
    • Clean bedding regularly and vacuum furniture, floors and skirting boards to help destroy fleas at each stage of their lifecycle.
    • Throw away the dust bag from your vacuum after each use.
    • Maintain your pets' flea treatment all year round, as fleas aren't only active in summer.

    What Are The Signs Your Pet May Have Fleas?

    • Is your pet scratching?
    • Areas of hair loss, bald or sore patches?
    • Do they have spots or scars?
    • Redness and irritation?
    • Thickened skin in areas (e.g. around ear edges)?
    • Can you see tiny dark specks in its fur, or small browny-black insects scurrying about?
    • Do you have any unaccounted for insect bites yourself?


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    Andy is co-founder of The Dogly Mail, dog guardian to a German Shepherd Dog (Kara) and a software developer.

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