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Flea control strategies and why they can fail

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Vol 3 - Issue 2
Written by Ian Wright BVMS BSc MSc MRCVS
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Flea control strategies and why they can fail

With successive mild winters and reservoir fl ea populations in centrally heated homes, the cat fl ea Ctenocephalides felis is thriving in the UK. Fleas are a source of revulsion, distress and irritation for many pet owners but can also cause signifi can’t health related issues for people and pets alike. Rising numbers of fl eas therefore lead to increased disease risk and a desire on the part of pet owners to control fl ea infestations. Flea control can be complex and failure of treatment and control strategies are not uncommon. This leads to pet owner frustration, increased morbidity in pets and questions arising on fl ea resistance to chemical treatments. It is therefore vital for veterinary professionals to assess why fl ea control is failing and put corrective measures in place. This article discusses the principles of fl ea control and the potential reasons for their failure.

All our Tutored Online CPD Courses are written and taught by an expert in the relevant field. The tutor for this course is:

Ian Wright BVMS BSc MSc MRCVS