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Preventative Healthcare - Dog Fleas

Dog Fleas

What can fleas do to my pet?

• Flea bites cause discomfort and irritation.

• Many pets become sensitised to flea bites which lead to intense itchiness, and severe self-inflicted trauma.

• Fleas are responsible for transmitting some tapeworms to our pets.

How can fleas affect my family?

Although animal fleas do not live on people, flea bites can cause rashes in people and some individuals can develop intense skin reactions to flea bites.

How can I control the flea problem?

Please consult us to discuss the options.

It is practically impossible to prevent your pet coming into contact with fleas so regular treatments are necessary to control the problem and prevent a build up within the home.

Fleas breed throughout the year in centrally heated homes, therefore it is important to maintain a flea control programme throughout the year, killing adult fleas and preventing a build up in the environment.

Pet Treatments

Spot on applications such as Prinovox are applied on to the skin in the neck region and quickly kill adult fleas. If Prinovox is applied regularly every month it gives excellent long term control of fleas. It will help to control skin lesions in dogs that are allergic to fleas.

Prinovox (included in our VIP Pet Healthcare Plan free of charge)

PrinovoxTM does not contain organophosphates or permethrins and is extremely safe.

Abbey Vets Key Points


• Almost all dogs pick up fleas

• Fleas are present all year round

• Your house may provide a supply of developing fleas to attack your pet

• Fleas are a health hazard to both you and your pets

• Effective control involves treatment with the correct products throughout the year

• Are you lungworm aware? Take the lungworm challenge at

There is now a simple blood test to check if your dog is infected with the potentially deadly lungworms. The results of this test are available in 15 minutes. Please ask us for details

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Treatment of sick and injured animals is obviously a very important part of our work, but we are great believers in preventative medicine.