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Vets warn of the potential danger of flea treatments

Vets are warning pet owners to take care when picking a treatment for these pests. While most are safe and effective, not all flea treatments are appropriate for every animal, and experts at the British Veterinary Association (BVA) are keen to encourage owners to speak to a vet about the different options in order to choose the best and safest course of action.

“As the weather gets warmer, many owners will be stepping up their efforts to keep their pets and homes flea and tick free,” says BVA President and veterinary surgeon Robin Hargreaves. “It’s understandable they might be tempted to reach for the cheapest option, or use up products they bought last year, but these can be ineffective or even dangerous to your pet.

“Dog treatments containing permethrin, for example, pose a particular danger if used on cats, and can cause serious health problems or even death.

“I’ve seen first-hand the tragic results that can occur and my advice would always be to speak with your vet before making a purchase. They can take into account your individual circumstances and consider factors such as the number and range of animals in your home, your pet’s temperament and their potential exposure to other pests, such as ticks. They will then advise you on the most effective treatment.”