Activyl - a New Spot On Flea Treatment

Dogs and cats can pick up fleas anywhere - a park, your own backyard, even your own house if a flea-infested animal was there before. That’s because the adult fleas on untreated animals lay eggs that fall into the environment. Each female flea can produce 40 to 50 eggs a day. However, since only adult fleas are visible on the pet, by the time they are noticed there may already be a large infestation in the home environment. This is why regular monthly flea control is so important.

Choosing a flea control treatment that not only kills adult fleas but also breaks the flea cycle is important to get an existing flea infestation under control and to prevent a new one establishing.

New Activyl is a monthly spot-on flea treatment that works in a different way to conventional flea products. It works through bioactivation which means it only becomes fully active once inside the flea, to deliver full flea-killing power. It is applied to a small area of a pet’s skin and spreads throughout the natural oils of the skin. Because Activyl is a new product fleas have not developed any resistance making it highly effective.

Unlike some flea treatments, Activyl kills more than just adult fleas, it controls immature stages in the environment to break the flea lifecycle and prevent reinfestation. It starts working within 8 hours and keeps working throughout the month.

Activyl has been tested on dogs to make sure it is not easily rinsed or washed off and remains effective after shampooing and swimming.

Suitable in dogs > 1.5 kg from 8 weeks of age and cats from 8 weeks of age, it is available in single dose packs, perfect for growing puppies and convenient for travel; and six dose packs for convenient long term flea control.

Switch to Activyl for more effective spot on flea control

Spring is here and with it comes an unwanted pest for dogs and cats - the Paralysis Tick.

New ticks hatch at this time of the year and are particularly toxic to dogs and cats.  Many native animals have developed a resistance to the ticks poison, including their natural host the bandicoot, but unfortunately most dogs and cats are badly affected if a tick attaches to them.  The paralysis tick injects a poison into the system which progressively paralyses the host animal.  Early signs of tick paralysis include vomiting, a change of bark and faster breathing.  This quickly progresses to hind and forelimb paralysis and finally death.

Traditionally we have very few ticks in the Ascot/Hamilton and Clayfield areas but this year seems to be a bit different. There seems to be a lot more ticks around and already in early spring we are finding ticks on dogs on a regular basis and have had several cases of paralysis. Perhaps all the rain we had last summer has created more favourable conditions for breeding this year. Similarly you don't have to travel too far from this area for ticks to be seen - notably the Sunshine Coast, a popular weekend and holiday destination. Every spring and summer we have animals in hospital with tick paralysis - the result of dogs picking up ticks further afield and bringing them home.

If you are taking your dog into tick areas we recommend the following precautions: