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Retailer issues warning after weather creates ‘perfect breeding ground for fleas’

A pet retailer has issued a warning to pet owners after recent warm weather has created what it has called the “perfect breeding ground for fleas”.

Pets at Home said that the fleas can lie dormant during cold weather and come to life when it warms up.

If left untreated, long term flea infestation can cause real suffering for pets due to repeated bites. This causes animals to scratch themselves and can result in hair loss or a secondary skin infection.

Dr Maeve Moorcroft, head of pets, for Pets at Home advised pet owners to:

  • Wash pet bedding regularly at 60 degrees
  • Clean furniture to help destroy fleas at each stage of their lifecycle
  • Vigorously hoover carpets, floorboards and skirting boards
  • Throw away the hoover dust bag after each clean
  • Check their pet’s coat for ‘flea dirt’ – brown or black spots
  • Regularly treat your pet with a flea treatment throughout the year
  • Treat your home annually with a household flea spray to prevent infestations

Moorcroft said: “While the risk to a pet varies from animal to animal, it is possible for a pet to become infested after missing just one preventative treatment. Seeking regular treatment, even during cold seasons, is a sensible precaution for all pet owners and can prepare your pet for the warmer summer months.”

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