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Reasons for flea control failure and methods for their successful control

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Vol 5 - Issue 2
Written by Ian Wright BVMS BSc MSc MRCVS
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Reasons for flea control failure and methods for their successful control

The cat flea Ctenocephalides felis is thriving in the UK due to successive mild winters and a constantly favourable environment in centrally heated homes. Fleas are a source of revulsion, distress and irritation to pet owners but can also transmit disease to pets and owners alike. Flea control is therefore vital but can be complex, with failures in attempts at control common. This leads to pet owner frustration, increased morbidity in pets and questions arising regarding treatment efficacy and drug resistance. It is therefore essential for veterinary professionals to assess why flea control is failing and put corrective measures in place. This article discusses the principles of flea control and potential causes 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