VIDEO: Experts warn pet owners about risk of flea infestations when heating is turned up
As we edge ever closer to winter experts are warning pet owners that fleas multiply in warm, cosy houses.
Bayer Animal Health recently carried out research which revealed that a third of animal owners are oblivious to the fact that turning up the thermostat can mean an increase in the unwanted pests.
Ian Wright, a parasitologist, said that fleas flourish in warm temperatures and can survive in intense heat provided it does not exceed 30C.
The research showed that most pet owners raise their heating in the colder months to between 21C and 25C, giving fleas an optimum breeding environment.
The study also found that one in 10 pet owners have noticed fleas on their animal.
Alarmingly, half of animal owners were totally unaware their pet had fleas until they were informed of the fact by a vet.
Vet Paul Manktelow says: “There is a high probability your dog or cat will have had fleas or worms at some point in their life but depending on the degree of the infestation you may not have realised how many live hidden away in your home.
"It is important to speak to your vet about receiving the right preventative treatment to stop these infestations.”
He added that while the web is a useful resource for gaining background information it should in no circumstances replace the role of a vet.