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How to avoid fleas and ticks in dogs during UK heatwave

Experts have said unseasonably wet and humid weather has created ideal breeding grounds for fleas, ticks and worms across our outdoor spaces.

According to experts at the leading pet care brand Bob Martin, fleas and ticks thrive best in warm, humid weather.

The company is warning pet owners to be vigilant whilst on walks or staycations.

What have the company said?

Aurelie Gayraud, senior brand manager at Bob Martin, said the UK’s increase in potentially inexperienced pet owners, combined with the heat and humidity, has created a perfect storm for parasites coming into contact with us and our furry friends.

Aurelie said: “With the country coming out of lockdown, we’ll all be itching to get outdoors to make the most of the Great British summertime.

“But we think a more unwelcome itch could be making its way onto our pets and into our homes if we’re not careful whilst out and about.

“We’ve seen some really unusual weather patterns across the UK in recent months, and when you twin this with thousands of potentially first-time owners purchasing or adopting a pet in lockdown, we could be facing one of the worst flea and tick seasons for years.

“Regardless of experience, it’s really important that all pet owners keep on top of prevention and treatments, and ensure they’re aware of the risks associated with flea, tick and worm infestations. It can be a nuisance at best, or at worst, life threatening for you and your pet.

“Tick bites can cause Lyme’s Disease in humans, a potentially life-threatening infection, and, as well as being itchy and painful, flea bites can also carry diseases and worms.

“Only five per cent of a flea’s life cycle takes place in your pet’s fur, with the remainder in your home. As a result, it’s incredibly easy for infestations to spread rapidly in our homes.

“You can take steps to avoid this, but consistency is key. Your dogs, cats and your home should be treated with a flea and tick control product to keep you and them safe from unwanted parasites.”

If you think your pets have a flea problem, these are the top tips from Bob Martin for remedies throughout flea-season:

  • Give an instant relief with Bob Martin Clear Flea tablets (available for dogs and cats) that starts killing fleas within 15 minutes and kills 100 per cent fleas within 24 hours
  • In the meantime, wash your pets’ bedding over 40⁰c, vacuum wherever you can (as well as your car), paying attention to warm, dark, protected areas – a flea’s idea of a perfect home
  • Guard against flea-borne worm infestation with de-worming tablets for dogs and cats. Fleas are the number one hosts for worms
  • Re-spray the home, if you wish, after a few days, try steaming hard floors and tiles, and don’t forget to move and clean under your furniture
  • And if you’re ever worried about your pet’s health or welfare, ensure you take them to see a vet

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