Flea and worm fact file from Drontal and Advantage

As the majority of properties in the UK are now fitted with central heating systems, parasites are able to thrive in a warm environment all year round.  This was historically the time of year when populations died off or became dormant due to colder temperatures. With the UK also increasingly seeing a trend of warmer, wetter winters in recent years, parasites such as fleas and worms are able to survive for longer outside, further increasing the ‘parasite pool’ and the risk of your pet coming into contact with them. Find out more about fleas and worms from Drontal and Advantage.

Flea facts

  • Neglecting to treat the home environment could mean you will miss more than 90 per cent of the developing flea population¹
  • Fleas  can feed up to 15 times their body weight in a single day
  • A female flea can lay around 2,000 eggs over her lifetime
  • 95% of the flea population exists in immature stages in the surrounding environment , like carpets
  • Once a home is infested , flea pupae can survive for several months or longer with new fleas emerging any time in the home environment
  • Fleas can cause skin disease in both humans and animals with 50 per cent of fleas found to be carrying at least one disease²
  • More than half (59 per cent) of pet owners say their cat or dog has had fleas at some point in the past³
  • More than 1 in 10 people³ surveyed found fleas on their sofas
  • There are more than 2,000 different species of fleas worldwide

Worm facts

  • Toxocara eggs have been found in 1 in 5 soil samples taken from parks⁴
  • Half of all dogs in one study were found to have parasite eggs in their coat⁵
  • One female adult Toxocara roundworm can produce 85,000 eggs a day
  • Eggs can take a few weeks to develop to an infectious stage and can then survive for at least one year under optimal circumstances
  • Toxocara infection is highest in puppies and kittens up to 6 months of age but can be seen at any age
1. Research in the department of Entomology focusing on Pest Management and applied ecology: http://www2.ca.uky.edu/entomology/dept/research.asp
2. Shaw SE, Kenny MJ, Tasker S, Birtles RJ. 2004 Sep 8;102(3-4):183-8. Pathogen carriage by the cat flea Ctenocephalides felis (Bouché) in the United Kingdom
3. Survey conducted by Opinion Matters on behalf of Bayer Animal Health, January 2015 among 1,534 dog/cat owner
4. Kirchheimer and Jacobs, Veterinary Record (2008)163, 394-395
5.  Wolfe A,Wright IP.VET REC 154:208, 2004

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