My Dog Has Fleas
My Dog Has Fleas
Wednesday 29th January 2014 @ 10:30 AM. (NZST)
Dr Megan Alderson
Dr Megan Alderson - Veterinarian
Q. I flea my dog every month.. When I was grooming him I noticed a couple of fleas.. I thought the flea drops should stop any fleas? I don't want to give him another treatment before he is due for the next treatment because I've read it isn't good for them.. what can I do?? it is literally like just a couple of fleas.. He hasn't ever had them before.. he is outside in the day we have grass, can fleas be found in grass? Please help.. what do I do??
So let me explain the flea cycle.
Those little guys are going to be on this earth longer than we are and that is because they have a part of their life cycle which we just can’t get rid of called ‘the pupae’.
They are a little like a tiny butterfly in that the adult flea lay eggs, the eggs hatch and become larvae and larvae go find somewhere nice and safe and out of the way to hide. The larvae then pupate, kind of like forming a chrysalis around them, which none of our flea products currently kill. These stay dormant in the environment until a likely suspect comes trotting along at which time the hatch and jump on for a feed and a ride.
Given the right environmental conditions, which is Auckland all year around, fleas are in abundance, but this time of year-from October through to April-is by far the worst. Our traditional flea controls have problems keeping up.
We are finding some flea products to be more effective than others and I would recommend you go in and have a chat to your local vet or vet nurse to discuss the needs of your pet. There are great brochures for you to work out where your pet could be picking up their friends and certainly many, many people need to be flea bombing their homes after being away for the holidays.
Fleas are here to stay so make sure you are well-educated and keep your pets as flea free as possible so they don’t invade your home.