Flea Factoids and Fun

The Evolution of Fleas

Fleas first evolved during the Jurassic period 165 million years ago.

The development of human civilisation in close proximity to animals carrying fleas has led to fleas living in our homes and also significant outbreaks of human disease. In modern, centrally-heated homes, fleas can now be active all year round.

Presently there are more than 2,000 described species and subspecies of flea across the globe, with the cat flea (Ctenocephalides felis) being the most prominent species affecting cats and dogs in the UK.


Life Cycle

Flea lifecycle at Abbotswood Vets Yate

Did you know that one flea can bite a pet up to 400 TIMES A DAY?

Once on a cat, fleas rarely leave, but on a dog they may leave and return.

On human beings, the cat flea may feed but will never breed and they leave us on the first opportunity.

Once hatched, the adult flea waits quietly for the animal to come within range of its jump (340mm); they can wait up to eight months to find a host before the flea dies.

Flea Allergy Dermatitis

Flea allergy dermatitis (FAD) is the most common dermatological condition seen in this country, and it is a condition which can be seen year round.

It is a result of a hypersensitivity reaction to the proteins found in flea saliva. Intermittent exposures to fleas and their saliva is a trigger for this chronic condition.

Flea Control

A popular and effective form of flea control we use is Privonox.

Any flea control programme must take account of immature individuals not only the animals themselves but also in the home. Adult fleas living on your pet make up just 5% of the total flea population in your home.

When they lay eggs onto your pet, the eggs roll off into your home and their life cycle continues. We recommend using a household insecticidal spray from us.

This product kills adult fleas and house dust mites and prevents the development of flea eggs and larvae. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to speak to any of the nurses or Mr Murphy.


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Sat: 9am-5pm (by appointment only)

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Sat:- 9am-5pm
(We are the only local surgery open on Saturdays for prescriptions, advice and appointments)