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'Outside the Square'
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You're lying in bed, just turned out
the light and almost asleep, then you
hear a high-pitched zzzzzzzzzz that gets louder, then
You hope the mozzie is going to go away but it comes
back and you have to get up and find the fly-spray can.
In the coming months, most of us will be bitten by
some sort of midgee. And they can inflict some nasty
and very itchy bites.
Imagine being covered with 20 30 of them for a day
(something off Fear Factor). That is how some of the
cats and dogs we see at the hospital must feel as a
result of fleas. And surprisingly, many of our patients
Fleas are a problem not just for our
furry friends, but also for us as I found
out recently. One particularly nasty
flea got down my shirt somehow. After
years of bites I am quite allergic to
them and the bite became a painful
infected area that required a few days
of antibiotics off the shelf to clear it.
Summer is our busiest flea season, as the weather is
right for them to breed exponentially. So here are some
tips to help you and your furry friend avoid the plague.
Fleas have some important attributes:
• They aren't too choosy about whose blood they
feed on. Nasty little vampires. Some people and pets
can become very allergic to flea bites, as they become
sensitised to the protein in the flea saliva. We see
dogs and cats with severe flea allergy dermatitis,
especially at the base of the tail where the fleas seem
to congregate. If they are allergic, they need only be
bitten by one or two fleas to get a severe reaction. So
the idea of not treating them until you find a flea is not
a good way to go.
• The female lays
hundreds of eggs in
a day. These eggs
are very resistant
and can remain
viable in the carpet
or environment for
months. This means that once they are in the carpet
they can be very difficult to get rid of, and will require
special chemicals with growth suppressants to help
break the cycle. Ask us about growth suppressant
foggers before wasting money on ineffective products.
• The cat tapeworm larvae can be found in the flea,
and is transmitted to the cat when they eat the flea
while grooming. Good flea control will therefore help
control tapeworm as well.
• Fleas can jump long distances from animal to
animal, or from carpet to human. They are well
adapted to move and breed in different areas of a
house and from cat to dog to owner.
• Flea eggs can be stimulated to hatch by vibration.
We see this become a problem when a house has
been vacant and then when the new owners move in,
they are inundated with a plague
My case load changes to about
70 per cent itchy skin cases at this
time of year and some of these are
completely preventable by good
• Consider carefully what flea
control you are buying. Like most
things, some products can be better than others. It is
sad and I imagine a bit annoying to see people having
to buy several types of flea control because one hasn't
worked. So get good advice and give the hospital a call
to chat about it.
• Prevention is so much better than cure. They are
difficult to get rid of from a house once the eggs are in
• Use a good product regularly. Say, the first day of
every month put some on. And treat all the furry friends
because one untreated one will infect all the others.
• Modern products are non-toxic and not absorbed
into their bodies. They are surface acting and very
So in short: Get the right stuff and use it regularly.
Easy! But beware, not all scratching can be blamed
on fleas. Allergies are the other common cause at this
time of year.
More information on fleas can be
found at www.vetz.co.nz.
Have fun from the crazy
Be A FOSTERER --
We desperately need for foster
parents for our kittens & puppies.
We provide all food, bedding &
equipment & medical expenses.
You provide the TIME.
Female 18 months
Quiet lady looking for a quiet
To advertise your business here
Brian Pincott 021 142 8054
Ages ranging 9 wks -- 14 wks
Variety of breeds and colours
Come in and see us at the S.P.C.A, Cnr of Napier Rd & Keith St, PN
or phone the friendly S.P.C.A. staff on 06 357 2516
Open: Monday-Sunday 10-3pm • Closed Public Holidays
We can't wait to see you!
By Malcolm Anderson
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