Pets are an important part of the family, but they can come with some unwanted guests. Being aware of parasites that are lurking in the environment, and understanding the ways to keep pets protected will help prevent parasites from invading our homes.

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THE DOCUMENTARY with phil spencer

We put an average UK home under the microscope to gain a better understanding of where, why and how parasites survive.

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Is your home at risk?

Your home could become a haven for parasites if your pet is not routinely treated for fleas and worms. Parasites thrive in warm environments, so modern central heating systems mean fleas and worms can pose a problem all year round.

Outside the home, warmer, wetter conditions mean parasites are surviving longer, increasing the risk of your pet coming into contact with them.

Is your home at risk?

Your home could become a haven for parasites if your pet is not routinely treated for fleas and worms. Parasites thrive in warm environments, so modern central heating systems mean fleas and worms can pose a problem all year round.

Outside the home, warmer, wetter conditions mean parasites are surviving longer, increasing the risk of your pet coming into contact with them.

Investigate the scene

The report

We commissioned a report to shine a light on parasite hotspots in and around the home. The research was conducted over 1 month and involved 1,534 dog and cat owners. Our panel of experts explain the findings.

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References: 1. Survey conducted by Opinion Matters on behalf of Bayer Animal Health, January 2015 among 1,534 dog/cat owners. 2. British Pest Control Association 3. Shaw SE, Kenny MJ, Tasker S, Birtles RJ, Vet. Microbiol. 2004 Sep 8;102(3-4):183-8. Pathogen carriage by the cat flea Ctenocephalides felis (Bouché) in the United Kingdom. 4. Kirchheimer and Jacobs, Veterinary Record (2008)163, 394-395.

Cars

Parasites can build up in the vehicle upholstery if you take your dog out for walks in the car. Anything that gets on your dog in the park can collect in your car, including worm eggs from soil or fleas from other animals.

Remember

  • Regularly hoover and clean inside the car - just as you would a carpet in the home.
  • Worm your pet regularly and follow the vet’s prescription. This will help to keep the numbers of worm eggs in the environment as low as possible.
  • Apply an effective flea treatment to all dogs and cats on a regular basis.

AIRING CUPBOARDS

Airing cupboards can provide ideal spaces for cat naps, but are also the perfect incubator for fleas.

Remember

  • Try to keep pets out of cupboards in the first instance
  • If you have a flea infestation, you may want to wash all linen

SOFT FURNISHINGS

Wherever your dog or cat goes, the parasites will unfortunately go with them and they particularly thrive in soft furnishings. 14%1 of pet owners admit to throwing away cushions and sofa covers following a flea infestation.

Remember

  • Hoover your soft furnishings and carpets regularly
  • Remove cushion and furniture covers and wash on a regular basis

GARDEN

Your back garden is where you and your pets can come into contact with a whole variety of parasites, including roundworms such as Toxocara.

If your pet frequently patrols the garden and hunts, they will be more susceptible to tapeworm.

Gardens can also be home to slugs and snails. Dogs can contract lungworm by eating infected slugs and snails, and if left untreated, can prove fatal to your canine companions.

Remember

  • Pooper-scoop your garden every day
  • Keep your garden clear of any rubbish or debris
  • Remove and clean any muddy shoes, bike or buggy wheels before going inside
  • Ask your vet about routine worm control today

SOFAS & CARPETS

An estimated 95% of the flea population in a home is found within carpets and soft furnishings. More than 1 in 10 people surveyed found fleas on their sofas1. Remember fleas can also transmit tapeworm to your pets.

Remember

  • Hoover your carpets and soft furnishings regularly
  • Speak to your vet about routine flea prevention

PET BEDDING

As they spend so much time there, your pet’s bedding can host a large population of parasites. 28% of owners surveyed say they found fleas in their pet’s bedding.

Remember

  • Wash your pet’s bedding on a high temperature