Fleas are most often seen during the warmer months but can be seen all year round. Only a small part of the adult flea population actually lives on your pet. The fleas’ eggs and larvae live in the environment and can survive for up to a year, so it is important to not only treat your animal directly for fleas but also decontaminate the environment as well. Wash your pet’s bedding using the hottest cycle and regularly vacuum/clean carpets.
Some signs that your pet may have fleas include:
Scratching, biting and hair loss, especially at the base of the tail and rump
You may see fleas (especially over the rump and in the groin region)
It can be difficult to find the fleas, but is relatively easy to check for flea dirt.
Warning: Some non-veterinary brands of flea treatments for dogs are potentially lethal when applied to cats. Always seek veterinary advice about the best flea treatments for your pet.
We have a number of flea control options at Walwa Veterinary Practice.
Walwa Veterinary Practice is not in a paralysis tick region yet there is still a risk of animals becoming infected with paralysis tick particularly if they have been to a region where the ticks are present. Areas where paralysis tick are present are coastal regions especially in Eastern Australia.
Paralysis Tick (Ixodes holocyclus) can cause paralysis and death within 2-4 days of attachment. The ticks can become to your pet whilst your pet is moving through scrub but they can also become attached to clothing, towels, rugs and plants etc and attach to your pet once you have returned home.
If you notice a tick on a pet that is not displaying signs of tick paralysis, remove the tick straight away.To do this, grasp the tick firmly where it attaches to your pet’s skin and give a quick sideways pull. It is better not to try and kill the tick first as the dying tick may inject more of its potent toxin into your pet. If you are not confident removing the tick please call us immediately to make an appointment to have it removed. The most common tick you will encounter in our area is the 'bush tick'.
Once the tick is removed your pet should be kept cool and quiet whilst being closely monitored for 24 hours. If your pet starts to display any signs of tick paralysis, such as vomiting, weakness, staggering, breathing difficulty, or altered bark, seek immediate veterinary attention as this is a genuine veterinary emergency.