How to fight a cat or dog flea infestation

How to fight a cat or dog flea infestation

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Fighting a flea infestation can be hard – it can take up to 90 days to fully eradicate them. While this may seem frustrating and daunting, if you persevere and follow Beaphar’s 5-step plan you can banish fleas and prevent future infestations.

Step 1: Treat your pet with a product to kill any existing fleas

Beaphar FIPROtec® is a vet strength spot on treatment that kills fleas and ticks on cats and dogs, and is available via your local pet shop.

Step 2: Reapply at the label-recommended interval, or fit a flea collar

ALWAYS follow the instructions on pack when it comes to re-application.

Beaphar FIPROtec® can be applied once every four weeks. Alternatively, when the time comes to reapply your pet’s flea treatment you may wish to use a flea collar. Beaphar has a range of flea collars for cats and dogs which are effective for up to four months. Flea collars MUST NOT be used at the same time as other flea treatments. So, in the case of Beaphar FIPROtec®, you would have to wait until four weeks after application before fitting a flea collar.

In order to keep both your pet and your home flea free, it is essential that you continue to flea treat your pet as a preventative measure throughout the year. Any gaps in treatment may allow the flea to carry out its lifecycle, and leading to the development of a home infestation.

Step 3: Treat your house with a long-lasting household flea spray

Remember, you need to protect your home as well as your pet. Before treating the home, it is advisable to vacuum the carpet prior to applying a household flea spray. This will help stimulate the pupae to hatch into fleas, which will be killed by the insecticide (fleas are protected from the insecticide while inside the pupal cocoon). Vacuuming will also help by sucking up some of the eggs and pupae. Remember to empty the vacuum and dispose of the contents in an outside bin immediately afterwards to prevent reinfesting your home.

Beaphar’s Household Flea Range includes products for treating every part of your home. Combining Insect Growth Regulators (IGRs) with insecticides, you can kill adult fleas and break the flea lifecycle, stopping a full-blown infestation in its tracks.

Step 4: Vacuum floors and soft furnishings, and wash pet bedding at 60°C on a regular basis

It is important to vacuum your home regularly, particularly after applying a household flea treatment as this will encourage any existing flea pupae hatch, so they can be killed by the household treatment (fleas are protected from flea treatment while inside the pupal cocoon). Vacuuming will also pick up any eggs and pupae.

Wash your bedding and your pet’s bedding in the washing machine at the hottest temperature possible to kill any fleas or larvae.

Step 5: Worm pets regularly as fleas carry and transmit some types of tapeworm
Some fleas also carry tapeworms, so it is important to stick to a regular worming routine. Adult cats and dogs should be wormed at least once every 3 months. Vet strength wormers, such as Beaphar WORMclear®, are available from your local pet shop.

New Beaphar FIPROtec® is out now!
Beaphar FIPROtec® is a Vet Strength product and now comes in a 1, 4 and 6 pipette packs.

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