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Parker And Crowther

Veterinary Surgeons.

 

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Understanding the Flea Life Cycle

 

In order to understand how and why treatment options work, we must first understand the flea’s life cycle since the various modern treatment and prevention products work on different parts of this life cycle. There are several stages to its life cycle: egg, larva or caterpillar, pupa or cocoon, and adult. The length of time it takes to complete this cycle varies depending upon the environmental conditions such as temperature, humidity, and the availability of a nourishing host.

 

The flea's host is a warm-blooded animal such as a dog or cat (or even humans!) However, the various flea stages are quite resistant to freezing temperatures. The adult female flea typically lives for several weeks on the pet. During this time period she will suck the animal’s blood two to three times and lay twenty to thirty eggs each day. She may lay several hundred eggs over her life span. These eggs fall off of the pet into the yard, bedding, carpet, and wherever else the animal spends time.

 

These eggs then proceed to develop where they have landed. Since they are about 1/12 the size of the adult, they can even develop in small cracks in the floor and between crevices in carpeting. The egg then hatches into larvae. These tiny worm-like larvae live among the carpet fibers, in cracks of the floor, and outside in the environment. They feed on organic matter, skin scales, and even the blood-rich adult flea feces.

 

The larvae grow, molt twice and then form a cocoon and pupate, waiting for the right time to hatch into an adult. These pupae are very resilient and are protected by their cocoon. They can survive quite a long time, waiting until environmental conditions and host availability are just right. Then they emerge from their cocoons when they detect heat, vibrations and exhaled carbon dioxide, all of which indicate that a host is nearby. The newly emerged adult flea can jump onto a nearby host immediately.

 

Under optimal conditions, the flea can complete its entire life cycle in just fourteen days. Just think of the tens of thousands of the little rascals that could result when conditions are optimal!

 

Knowing this life cycle allows us to understand why it has always been important to treat both the host animal and the indoor and outdoor environment in order to fully control flea numbers. Simply sprinkling some flea powder on your pet will not work; simply vacuuming the home vigorously will not work, simply placing a flea collar or using a flea topical on your pet will not work.

Take a look in our Flea Prevention Section above for more information and the products available from us to help treat your pets and your home

 

Opening Hours:

 

 

Monday - Friday:

Birkdale: 8.15am - 6pm

Churchtown: 8.15am - 6pm

Formby: 8.30am - 6pm

Maghull: 8.30am - 6pm

 

Saturday:

Birkdale: 8.30am - 12pm (Vet Appointments 9am-12pm)

Churchtown: 8.30am - 12pm (No Vet on site)

Maghull: 8.30am - 12pm (Vet Appointments 9am-10am)

Formby: 8.30am - 12pm (Vet Appointments 11am-12pm)

 

Sunday:

All Surgeries: CLOSED

 

Bank Holidays:

All Surgeries are CLOSED on a Bank Holiday

 

Out of Hours provided by Barn Lodge Veterinary Hospital in Ormkirk

01695 572837

 

We run our surgeries by appointment only - Please telephone your local branch to book in - Thank You

Please keep your Dogs on a lead when arriving and in our surgeries and Cats / Small Animals must be transported in a secure basket / carrier when coming to our surgeries and also in our waiting rooms.

 

All of our surgeries are located on Main Busy Roads and we would not like your pets to be frightened by loud noises and by other animals.

 

Many Thanks

Pet care

 

 

At Parker and Crowther we believe we offer the very best in veterinary care and customer service.

 

Like you, we are pet owners and understand the need to make your pet feel as relaxed and comfortable as we can whilst they are in our care.

 

We are a privately run practice (not owned by a large corporate company) with surgeries in Birkdale, Churchtown, Formby and Maghull.

 

 

 

  

The right care is crucial.

Every animal needs individual care. Many animal lovers find this a challenge, but there's no need to worry. Proper care is easy when you know how. Just ask us. We shall be happy to advise you.

 

 

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Our Surgeries

 

 Daleside Veterinary Surgery

309-311 Liverpool Road

Birkdale

Southport

PR8 3DE

Tel: 01704 575606

 

Churchside Veterinary Surgery

5a Preston New Road

Churchtown

Southport

PR9 8PB

Tel: 01704 225105

 

Formby Veterinary Surgery

113 Church Road

Formby

Merseyside

L37 3ND

Tel: 01704 877145

 

Maghull Veterinary Surgery

55 Liverpool Road South

Maghull

Merseyside

L31 7BN

Tel: 0151 531 7719 

Out of Hours Emergency Cover

Barn Lodge Veterinary Hospital

54a Southport Road
Ormskirk
Lancashire
L39 1LX

01695 572 837