Flea Treatment For Cats & Dogs

It’s importantly to regularly worm and flea your pet to allow them to live a comfortable, happy life. It’s often recommended to align your worming and flea treatments and perform them every 3-4 months from the age of around 6 months old. Different treatments may differ in terms of how often you must retreat your pet, and you usually have to buy special treatments for kittens and puppies under 6 months old. It’s important when buying flea treatments to remember that 95% of the flea eggs and larvae live in the environment and not your pet themselves, meaning it’s important to treat both.

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When and how to flea kittens and puppies

The treatment differs massively between newborn kittens and puppies and it’s important to treat them thoroughly from birth. For kittens, no treatment can be used until after 4 weeks of age, but it’s recommended that you use flea combs or tweezers to pick out any fleas you can find before then rather than letting the infestation get gradually worse. It’s important to treat your kittens bedding and thoroughly hoover any rooms that your kitten has been in. After 4 weeks of age there’s various treatments that can help to kill adult fleas, although treatments to deal with eggs/larvae aren’t available until 8 weeks of age. It’s advised to keep up grooming with the flea comb up to this point to remove as many of the eggs as possible. Flea treatments for puppies again tend to start at around 6 weeks old. It’s important to treat your puppy with flea combs before this and ensure you clean the entire house thoroughly, especially any bedding or surfaces that make a good environment for flea larvae. After the age of 8 weeks, it’s recommended to treat your puppy every 3-6 months throughout its lifetime.

Flea treatments for the house

Whenever you decide to flea your cat(s) and dog(s), you should also give your home a thorough once over using treatments where necessary. If you treat your pet and not your home, your pet will quickly pick up the fleas again, simply restarting the process. There are things you can do around your home to help stop the spread of fleas, such as thoroughly vacuuming the entire house. As soon as you’ve vacuumed the entire house, go outdoors and empty the vacuum into a plastic bag and put it straight in the outside bin to stop the fleas from getting back inside. There are various places around your home that fleas are likely to hide, such as: 

  • Your pets bedding – Fleas like warm, dark places. Your pet obviously comes into contact with its bedding often and as a result it’s likely to contract fleas as and when your pet does. If possible, wash your pets bedding on a hot wash of 60 degrees plus.
  • Carpets – Anything that’s made from fabric is a breeding ground for flea larvae and it’s likely that flea will start leaving on or under your carpet. It’s important to hoover thoroughly, and use flea sprays where appropriate.
  • Clothes – Wardrobes, laundry baskets and even your bedding. It’s best to leave no stone unturned, and when doing a full de-flea I’d recommend rewashing any clothes that may have come into contact with fleas.