Get those Fleas!

We will look for you, we will find you… and we will kill you.

Any reason to attend an event where there’s food to be eaten!  I helped myself to one of those pupcakes Before the hoomans created a barrier so I couldn’t eat the rest of it! That’s no fun!We met up with old friends – that’s me and Freddie!Joined by Belinha and LottieYou know, that Lottie has the same curiosity for food like me.We had to do the photocall – with Tilly and BunThat’s Tilly showing off her tricksBelinha, shall we do a relaxed pose?All this posing a tiring, says Belinha I agree! But we soon had to sit down to listen to some talk about fleas.

The Big Flea Project study launch by MSD Animal Health (maker of Bravecto) – Picture date Friday 25 May, 2018 (London, Greater London)
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We learnt that fleas have been around for 150 million years!!!  What have they been doing all that time? We soon learnt …

Fleas can jump 150 times their height – so that’s how they jump onto us. An adult flea will bite within the first five minutes of landing.  Once they feed, they will lay eggs. A female flea can lay up to 50 eggs a day!

The eggs will not stick but instead fall to the environment. If in the house, they could fall into the carpet, under a couch, between the cracks of the floor … hiding!!!

The eggs will take around a week or two to hatch – but if the conditions are too cold, the eggs will not hatch but will “hibernate” up to a year. However, if they are already indoors, central heating helps them along.

All that sounds like they are everywhere!!!

These fleas might be carrying infectious diseases – which can also affect hoomans. So that’s another reason why we should be protected against fleas.

But I was completely distracted by the food on the counter next to the telly …Unlike Freddie who was listening intently.I got a tick check over.

Thank goodness, I was tick free and THANK GOODNESS there was a groomer there to brush my hair back in place after all that rummaging through my fur.

The Big Flea Project study launch by MSD Animal Health (maker of Bravecto) – Picture date Friday 25 May, 2018 (London, Greater London)
Photo copyright, contact for licensing. For licensed images, credit should read: Jonathan Pow/jp@jonathanpow.com

While Mummy had a manicure. We took home a goody bag And with it our SnuffleMat – to share with GeorgeNo, he didn’t get to go to the event because he would be barking at the others. His terrier side seems to be evolving! LOL!

May’s comment: MSD Animal Health invited us to attend The Big Flea Project event last week.

The aim of the Big Flea Project – to learn more about flea populations, as well as what diseases fleas in the UK might be carrying. Some of these diseases can be very harmful to both pets and humans – which is why it is important we encourage pet owners to protect their pets.

The Big Flea Project is currently underway with over 1550 vet practices participating by collecting flea samples, and sending them to University of Bristol for analysis.  This will continue till June, and the results will be published in 2019.

This follows after the success of the Big Tick Project, a similar study that showed that ticks are more abundant than previously thought. The results of that study found that almost 1 in 3 dogs actually had a tick!!!  The growth in tick population could be due to warmer temperatures due to climate change, an increase in deer populations and a “naturalisation” of urban environments.

Ticks can transmit diseases that can be harmful to others pets and humans – eg. Lyme disease. Therefore it is important to ensure pets are protected – especially if they go outdoors, near fields with tall grass or areas with deer or sheep populations.

The result was published, along with a map that shows where ticks are most abundant in the UK. Visit their website http://www.bigtickproject.co.uk

If you’re interested on learning more, the Big Tick and Flea team will be at all the Dogfest shows, as well as Countryfile Live this summer.

The Big Flea Project study launch by MSD Animal Health (maker of Bravecto) – Picture date Friday 25 May, 2018 (London, Greater London)
Photo copyright, contact for licensing. For licensed images, credit should read: Jonathan Pow/jp@jonathanpow.com

 

1 Comment

  1. Christine Ellis

    Hope you’re not protected with those horrible chemical products Your Ladyship. My two only have natural repellants. 😘

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