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Flea Treatment for Cats and Dogs

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About Fleas

Fleas are a common problem amongst pets and are as easy to prevent as they are to pick up.

If your pet is scratching excessively or losing hair, particularly around the neck and the base of the tail, there is a chance the he may have a flea infestation. Fleas on your dog or cat will not only cause itching and discomfort but can lead to other problems, such as skin infections and anaemia.

A flea infestation on your pet can quickly become a flea infestation in your home, with an adult female laying up to 5000 eggs in her lifetime, which can easily roll off the host animal and into the environment.

Due to the rapid life cycle of fleas, a flea prevention programme is far more effective than treating for fleas as and when they appear on your dog or cat.

To effectively prevent fleas, your pet should be treated with a good quality flea treatment every 4-8 weeks.

VetUK Spot-On Flea Treatments for cats and dogs contain the active ingredient Fipronil, the same ingredient found in leading brands such as Frontline and Effipro. Fipronil is an insecticide which, when applied to the skin, is stored in sebaceous glands and distributed across the body in the natural oils of the skin.

Not only is the VetUK Spot-On Flea Treatment range as effective as the market leaders, it is also more cost effective per pipette, making a flea prevention programme an affordable option for you and your pet.

The VetUK Guide to Fleas

If your pet is scratching excessivley or chewing at his fur, there is a chance he may have a flea infestation.

Fleas live on your pet, surviving by sucking their blood, causing itchiness and discomfort for the animal.

VetUK Spot-On Flea Treatments for Cats and Dogs contain Fiprinol, the active ingredient in most leading brands of flea treatments, making them equally effective at a fraction of the cost.

To treat your pet for fleas, part the hair on the back of their neck …

… Squeeze the contents of one pipette onto the exposed skin and allow to dry.

Within 24-48 hours, your pet’s fleas will be eradicated, leaving them feeling super!

Remember to repeat treatment every 4-6 weeks to keep your pet flea free!

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Compare Flea Treatments
Product Price Offer Price No.of Treatments Price per
Treatment (from)
Efficacy Active Ingredient Treats
VetUK Spot-On Flea Treatment for Cats (4 Pipettes)VetUK Spot-On Flea Treatment for Cats (4 Pipettes)£9.98£8.984£2.245 WeeksFipronil 0.5mlFleas, Ticks
VetUK Spot-On Flea Treatment for Large Dogs (4 Pipettes)VetUK Spot-On Flea Treatment for Large Dogs (4 Pipettes)£14.18£12.764£3.198 weeksFipronil 2.68mlFleas, Ticks
VetUK Spot-On Flea Treatment for Medium Dogs (4 Pipettes)VetUK Spot-On Flea Treatment for Medium Dogs (4 Pipettes)£12.38£11.144£2.788 WeeksFipronil 1.34mlFleas, Ticks
VetUK Spot-On Flea Treatment for Small Dogs (4 Pipettes)VetUK Spot-On Flea Treatment for Small Dogs (4 Pipettes)£11.58£10.424£2.608 weeksFipronil 0.67mlFleas, Ticks
Advantage 100 for Dogs 4 PipettesAdvantage 100 for Dogs 4 Pipettes£9.404£2.354 WeeksImidacloprid 1.0mlFleas
Advantage 250 for Dogs 4 PipettesAdvantage 250 for Dogs 4 Pipettes£10.094£2.524 WeeksImidacloprid 2.5mlFleas
Advantage 40 Small Cats, Small Dogs and Rabbits 4 PipettesAdvantage 40 Small Cats, Small Dogs and Rabbits 4 Pipettes£9.014£2.254 WeeksImidacloprid 0.4mlFleas
Advantage 400 for Dogs 4 PipettesAdvantage 400 for Dogs 4 Pipettes£9.844£2.464 WeeksImidacloprid 4.0mlFleas
Advantage 80 Large Cats and Rabbits 4 PipettesAdvantage 80 Large Cats and Rabbits 4 Pipettes£9.384£2.344 WeeksImidacloprid 0.8mlFleas
Capstar for Large Dogs Flea TabletsCapstar for Large Dogs Flea Tablets£15.766£2.63As RequiredNitenpyram 57mgFleas
Capstar for Small Dogs and Cats Flea TabletsCapstar for Small Dogs and Cats Flea Tablets£15.006£2.50As RequiredNitenpyram 11.4mgFleas
ClearSpot Spot-On Solution for Large Cats 4 PipettesClearSpot Spot-On Solution for Large Cats 4 Pipettes£7.454£1.864 WeeksImidacloprid 0.8mlFleas
ClearSpot Spot-On Solution for Large Dogs 4 PipettesClearSpot Spot-On Solution for Large Dogs 4 Pipettes£7.914£1.984 WeeksImidacloprid 2.5mlFleas
ClearSpot Spot-On Solution for Medium Dogs 4 PipettesClearSpot Spot-On Solution for Medium Dogs 4 Pipettes£7.614£1.904 WeeksImidacloprid 1.0mlFleas
ClearSpot Spot-On Solution for Small Cats and Dogs 4 PipettesClearSpot Spot-On Solution for Small Cats and Dogs 4 Pipettes£7.004£1.754 WeeksImidacloprid 0.4mlFleas
ClearSpot Spot-On Solution for Very Large Dogs 4 PipettesClearSpot Spot-On Solution for Very Large Dogs 4 Pipettes£8.064£2.014 WeeksImidacloprid 4.0mlFleas
Effipro Cat 4 PipettesEffipro Cat 4 Pipettes£9.264£2.316-8 WeeksFipronil 0.5mlFleas, Ticks
Effipro Extra Large Dogs 4 PipettesEffipro Extra Large Dogs 4 Pipettes£16.494£4.126-8 WeeksFipronil 4.02mlFleas, Ticks
Effipro Large Dogs 4 PipettesEffipro Large Dogs 4 Pipettes£13.864£3.466-8 WeeksFipronil 2.5mlFleas, Ticks
Effipro Medium Dogs 4 PipettesEffipro Medium Dogs 4 Pipettes£12.524£3.136-8 WeeksFipronil 1.34mlFleas, Ticks
Effipro Small Dogs 4 PipettesEffipro Small Dogs 4 Pipettes£11.444£2.866-8 WeeksFipronil 0.67mlFleas, Ticks
Flevox Cat Flea TreatmentFlevox Cat Flea Treatment£2.351£2.354 WeeksFipronil 0.5mlFleas, Ticks, Lice
Flevox Extra Large Dog Flea TreatmentFlevox Extra Large Dog Flea Treatment£4.201£4.204 WeeksFipronil 4.02mlFleas, Ticks, Lice
Flevox Large Dog Flea TreatmentFlevox Large Dog Flea Treatment£3.601£3.604 WeeksFipronil 2.5mlFleas, Ticks, Lice
Flevox Medium Dog Flea TreamentFlevox Medium Dog Flea Treament£3.291£3.294 WeeksFipronil 1.34mlFleas, Ticks, Lice
Flevox Small Dog Flea TreatmentFlevox Small Dog Flea Treatment£3.011£3.014 WeeksFipronil 0.67mlFleas, Ticks, Lice
Frontline for Cats (3 Pack)Frontline for Cats (3 Pack)£13.62£12.263£4.094 WeeksFipronil 0.5mlFleas, Ticks. Lice
Frontline for Cats (6 Pack)Frontline for Cats (6 Pack)£22.69£20.426£3.404 WeeksFipronil 0.5mlFleas, Ticks. Lice
Frontline for Extra Large Dogs (3 Pack)Frontline for Extra Large Dogs (3 Pack)£24.43£21.993£7.336-8 WeeksFipronil 4.02mlFleas, Ticks, Lice
Frontline for Extra Large Dogs (6 Pack)Frontline for Extra Large Dogs (6 Pack)£39.60£35.646£5.946-8 WeeksFipronil 4.02mlFleas, Ticks, Lice
Frontline for Large Dogs (3 Pack)Frontline for Large Dogs (3 Pack)£20.87£18.783£6.266-8 WeeksFipronil 2.68mlFleas, Ticks, Lice
Frontline for Large Dogs (6 Pack)Frontline for Large Dogs (6 Pack)£33.82£30.446£5.076-8 WeeksFipronil 2.68mlFleas, Ticks, Lice
Frontline for Medium Dogs (3 Pack)Frontline for Medium Dogs (3 Pack)£19.13£17.223£5.746-8 WeeksFipronil 1.34mlFleas, Ticks, Lice
Frontline for Medium Dogs (6 Pack)Frontline for Medium Dogs (6 Pack)£30.72£27.656£4.616-8 WeeksFipronil 1.34mlFleas, Ticks, Lice
Frontline for Small Dogs (3 Pack)Frontline for Small Dogs (3 Pack)£17.48£15.733£5.246-8 WeeksFipronil 0.67mlFleas, Ticks. Lice
Frontline for Small Dogs (6 Pack)Frontline for Small Dogs (6 Pack)£28.50£25.656£4.276-8 WeeksFipronil 0.67mlFleas, Ticks, Lice
Program for Dogs 204.9 Tablets Brown (Pack of 6)Program for Dogs 204.9 Tablets Brown (Pack of 6)£28.666£4.784 WeeksLufenuron 204.9mgControls Fleas, Treats Flea Allergy Dermatitis
Program for Dogs 409.8 Tablets Grey (Pack of 6)Program for Dogs 409.8 Tablets Grey (Pack of 6)£29.526£4.924 WeeksLufenuron 409.8mgControls Fleas, Treats Flea Allergy Dermatitis
Program for Dogs 67.8mg Tablets Red (Pack of 6)Program for Dogs 67.8mg Tablets Red (Pack of 6)£28.036£4.674 WeeksLufenuron 67.8mgControls Fleas, Treats Flea Allergy Dermatitis
Program Suspension for Cats 6 x 133mgProgram Suspension for Cats 6 x 133mg£26.596£4.434 WeeksLufenuron 133mgControls Fleas, Treats Flea Allergy Dermatitis
Program Suspension for Cats 6 x 266mgProgram Suspension for Cats 6 x 266mg£27.646£4.614 WeeksLufenuron 266mgControls Fleas, Treats Flea Allergy Dermatitis
Scalibor Collars for Dogs (48cm)Scalibor Collars for Dogs (48cm)£21.081£21.085-6 MonthsDeltamethrin 4% 0.76gTicks, Mosquitoes, Sandflies, Some Flea Control

If you aren’t sure how to solve your pet’s flea problem, use our interactive questionnaire to find possible causes and to help determine the best course of action.

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VetUK Recommended treatment

VetUK Spot-On Flea Treatment for Cats (4 Pipettes)

VetUK Spot-On Flea Treatment for Cats (4 Pipettes)
£9.98From: £8.98


VetUK Recommended treatment

VetUK Spot-On Flea Treatment for Large Dogs (4 Pipettes)

VetUK Spot-On Flea Treatment for Large Dogs (4 Pipettes)
£14.18From: £12.76


VetUK Recommended treatment

VetUK Spot-On Flea Treatment for Medium Dogs (4 Pipettes)

VetUK Spot-On Flea Treatment for Medium Dogs (4 Pipettes)
£12.38From: £11.14


VetUK Recommended treatment

VetUK Spot-On Flea Treatment for Small Dogs (4 Pipettes)

VetUK Spot-On Flea Treatment for Small Dogs (4 Pipettes)
£11.58From: £10.42


VetUK Recommended treatment

Advantage 40 Small Cats, Small Dogs and Rabbits 4 Pipettes

Advantage 40 Small Cats, Small Dogs and Rabbits 4 Pipettes
£9.01


Please see a Vet to determine possible causes

Weight Check:

If you’ve found that treating your pet for fleas has been ineffective, it may be worth taking them to be weighed. If your pet has gained weight and moved out of the weight bracket your spot-on treatment is formulated for, the dose may be ineffective for the size of the pet.

Flea-ridden Friends:

If your cat goes outside it is more than likely to come into contact with other animals, which may be carriers of fleas and could pass them on to your pet.
If you walk your dog with others or have visitors with pets, there is a chance your pets could pick up fleas if the other animals are untreated.

Using a regular spot-on treatment can help to protect your pet and home from fleas, by ensuring that any flea that jumps on to your pet would be killed shortly after, reducing the risk of infestation.

Regular Treatment:

It is far more effective to keep up to date with a regular flea prevention programme than to have to break the life cycle every time your pet picks up fleas. Without regular preventative treatment the pet has no protection against infestation if he comes into contact with another carrier.

It is often thought that pets only need to be treated for fleas during the summer months but unfortunately, this is not the case. With most households using central heating, it is now just as common to spot fleas in the colder months as it is in spring and summer due to the year round warm, indoor temperatures allowing fleas to thrive.

Household Infestation:

When fleas are brought into your home by a pet, they begin laying eggs, upwards of 30 eggs per female per day.
These eggs can then roll off the host animal, being dispersed around the house as the pet moves.

Once the eggs hatch, within 5-20 days the larvae spin cocoons around themselves and will remain dormant until the environmental conditions are suitable for emergence. This can be for several months, meaning that fleas can be in the home without necessarily being active.

Within 48 hours of hatching, the flea will take its first blood meal from the host animal and shortly after will begin to lay eggs.
This cycle will repeat itself until it is broken by using a household flea spray.

Indorex:

Indorex is a household veterinary flea spray which prevents environmental reinfestation for up to 12 months.

Containing Permethrin to quickly kill adult fleas and Pyriproxyfen, an insect growth regulator to prevent flea eggs and larvae from developing into adult fleas, Indorex can break the flea life cycle and eradicate fleas from your home.

Combine Indorex with the regular use of VetUK Spot-On treatments to provide your pets and your home with long term flea protection.

Exposure to Water:

If your pet is regularly exposed to water, be it through swimming or regular bathing, this could be the reason your flea treatment is not effective.

Spot-On flea treatments need to be allowed to spread across the body and dry on the skin after application; it is important not to allow your pet near water for 48 hours after application to ensure the product is not compromised.

No fleas Seen:

If you haven’t seen fleas on your pet, there is still a chance that they could have a flea problem.

One way to find out if this is the case if by performing the wet paper test:

  • Brush your pet and collect debris from the brush or comb.
  • Place debris onto a white sheet or paper towel.
  • Add a few drops of water
  • Red pigment surrounding the debris when it is dampened indicates flea dirt,; the red pigment is your pet’s blood that has been digested by the flea.

If you find red pigment during the test, it is advisable to treat your pet and your home.
However if your pet had recently been treated the fleas that may be present on it maybe newly hatched fleas that have jumped onto your pet to feed and will likely be killed within 24 hours.

If no flea dirt is present it is advisable to visit your vet to try and determine the cause of your pet’s itchiness.

VetUK Spot-On Flea Treatments:

VetUK Spot-On Flea Treatment is a highly effective treatment with the active ingredient Fipronil.

Fipronil is an insecticide which, when applied via a spot-on treatment, is stored in the sebaceous glands in the skin and is replenished across the body with the skin’s natural oils.

When treated with VetUK Spot-On Treatments, your pet is protected from fleas for up to (5/8 weeks) and with regular use you can provide them with year round protection from flea infestations.

Advantage 40 Small Cats, Small Dogs and Rabbits:

Advantage 40 for Small Cats, Small Dogs and Rabbits is a highly effective treatment with the active ingredient Imidacloprid.

Imidacloprid is a topical insecticide which, when applied via a spot-on treatment, collects in the hair follicles and is released across the body with the skin’s natural oils.

When treated with Advantage, your rabbit is protected from fleas for up to 4 weeks and with regular use you can provide them with year round protection from flea infestations.