Warning: The Dangers of FleasWe would like owners to be aware of the danger of fleas after performing lifesaving transfusions in ten kittens over the course of the last four weeks.
Heavy infestation of fleas can cause a condition called Flea Anaemia. This occurs when the fleas have drained so much blood that the animal is left severely weakened. In younger and smaller animals, this can be life threatening. We are very concerned about the increase in cases we are seeing and urge pet owners to discuss the best preventative protocol with their vets.
Carol Spindler from Milton Keynes and North Bucks branch of the RSPCA says “It’s been a very distressing few weeks. The increase in cases this year has caused a drain on branch funds and filled our fosterer spaces to capacity. We can’t stress how easy it is to prevent, so please, talk to your vet and get a recommended treatment as soon as possible”.
All the hard work put in to help these kittens would not have been possible without our hero donor cats, who bravely donated blood to save them. We are so grateful to these cats and their owners for their help.
Top Tips for your Pet
- Always ask your vet which product would be best suited to your pet, some products may not be as effective as others. Make sure you never use dog specific flea treatments on your cats, as some of these are highly toxic to our feline friends.
- Treat your pet regularly to keep on top of fleas, always check the product information or speak to your vet regarding your pet’s individual needs.
- Make sure you treat all pets in your household. Even if you have only seen fleas on one animal, they will jump between pets and species to continue breeding.
- Treat the environment. Flea eggs and larvae can survive in soft furnishings so it is important to treat the house as well with an appropriate household spray. Regular vacuuming and washing bedding regularly will also help limit the spread of fleas.
Andre Cilliers BVSc (Pretoria) GPCert(SAM) MRCVS I joined the practice in 2002 after qualifying for the University of Pretoria and became a partner in 2012. I hold a ESPV General Practice Medicine Certificate and have a keen interest in Feline Medicine. I work mostly between the Walnut Tree hospital and our Stoke Road branch, where I hold Cat Only Clinics on Tuesdays. I have three cats Bobbi, Marco and Ludi - possibly the best cats in the world.