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Fleas are very undesirable parasites which feed off our domestic pets – their natural hosts. When environmental conditions are optimal, the flea population will grow at a very rapid pace, and once you have a flea infestation, it is very difficult to get rid of the problem. Fleas can cause enormous problems to pets by spreading worms and other diseases, causing itchiness, irritation and in some cases resulting in severe allergic reactions. It’s also very embarrassing when they start biting your human guests at dinner parties! Flea eggs hatch when the correct surrounding temperature and humidity are reached. This starts at the beginning of spring and results in a massive flea population by the end of summer and early autumn. Flea eggs laid in the autumn will hatch the following spring – or if indoors, whenever you turn on your central heating. Your vet will help determine the best flea programme tailored specifically to your pet and its lifestyle. They take into consideration many factors, such as how many dogs and cats there are in your home, whether they go out and if so, where and whether you intend travelling to Southern Europe or any areas of the UK affected by tick infestation. Many vets will recommend a spot-on product, which is applied to the back of the neck on a monthly basis – some of these products (only those available at veterinary surgeries) have the added advantage of providing protection against roundworms including lungworm. However, depending on the needs of the client and pet, vets have a range of other products that they may recommend including: tablets that control and kill fleas, an injection for your cat that provides 6 months protection, and sprays for your pet, for your carpets, and for your floorboards. To achieve optimal flea control, preventative treatment should be provided throughout the year. Remember, with Vetsure Cover & Care, you get £15 off your flea and wormer products every 3 months.