Flea and tick FAQs

How do I know if there are fleas on my pet?

You may notice fleas by actually seeing them deep in your pet’s coat or seeing them around the house like in your carpet or pet's bedding etc. You may also see black specs of flea dirt in the coat and will notice them scratching more than usual.

I have an indoor cat – how could they catch fleas?

Indoor cats are still at risk of catching fleas, as other animals that come into the house can bring fleas that have jumped on them.

Are fleas caught from other pets?

Not necessarily. Fleas rarely jump from pet to pet, but they can be caught from trials of eggs from other animals outside, so it is still possible.

If fleas infest the home, how come I only see them on my pet?

It is the flea eggs, larvae and pupae that live in your carpets and furnishings, whereas the adult fleas live on your pet. This is why you’ll only notice adult fleas in your pet’s fur because before the fleas have hatched they are incredibly difficult to spot in your home.

How common are ticks?

Ticks may not be quite as common as fleas, but they are still a threat to your pet. Around 43% of dog owners notice a tick on their pet and numbers are growing. Ticks are now being found in wider areas and are increasingly being found in urban spaces and are no longer just a rural problem.

Are ticks a serious problem?

Yes. Not only will they be a nuisance to your pet, but they can transmit diseases if they are not treated quickly. Tick-borne diseases can cause serious illnesses for your pet that may result in severe symptoms and even fatality if not diagnosed and treated in time. Also, not only are they a problem to your pet, but they could also be a problem to you as they transmit diseases like Lyme disease to humans as well as animals. This is why they need to be taken care of quickly and effectively.

How will I know if my pet has a tick?

If your pet is regularly outdoors or exploring places you don’t normally visit, you should check them regularly for ticks. Part their fur and pay attention to areas like their head, neck and tummy. You will be able to see or feel them as an adult tick can grow to the size of a 5p coin. If you think your pet has a tick, then consult your vet and ask them how to get it safely removed.

What is the best way to treat fleas and ticks?

The best way to kill and get rid of both fleas and ticks is with the right treatment like Frontline Spot On. Pick the treatment that is best suited to your cat or dog depending on their breed, size or weight and use all of the interval treatments to ensure all adults and eggs are killed. You can also use Frontline as a preventative measure to keep your pet happy, healthy and protective.