Controlling External Parasites

Each client will be involved with an experienced team of vets and nurses.

3The problem with Fleas

Fleas are parasites with can quickly multiply and cause an infestation, your pet can pick them up anywhere from the environment, wild animals, close contact with another infected animal, you can also bring them in to your home via your clothing, meaning even house cats can become affected. Once an infestation has occurred it can be tricky to treat the problem, you will have to treat all dogs and cats in the home and the environment itself, often requiring repeat treatment 2-4weeks later.

The life cycle

As you can see from the pyramid, if you see a flea on your pet, this is only the tip of the iceberg!!!

The worst of the problem is the eggs, which will be mainly in the environment (your home) after falling off your pet.

  • In fact 1 adult flea can lay up to 50 eggs per day.
  • After 7-12 days the eggs will hatch and the larvae will emerge, they will head away from light.
  • Another 7-12 days later they will spin a cocoon and become pupae. This stage is so protective that house
    treatments are ineffective. In some cases in the correct environment without stimulation some pupae will survive months.
  • Pupae in the presence of pets will hatch into fleas within 14 days and will find a host, your warm and cosy furry friend.
  • They will take a blood meal then the cycle starts over again!!!

Preventing Fleas

​There are many options available depending on your pet’s need. Most prevention treatments are repeated every 4 to 8 weeks and are available in tablet form, liquid oral solutions for food, liquid vials for skin application, sprays, injections for cats and now new collars.

It is also recommended to spray your home once yearly for extra protection.

Speak to a team member today to discuss the best option for you and your pet.

If you are using a spot on treatment, have a look at the video below to see if you a correctly applying it.


These are small blood sucking arachnids which live mainly in long grassy areas. They have a drill like head which burrows into your pets skin for a secure attachment. They start of fairly small and are often mistaken as warts or scabs, although they quickly swell up becoming engorged on your pets blood before falling off.

They well normally attach to softer areas of skin such as, behind ears and under arms.

If your pet is in a high risk area it is important to treat your pet or remove the ticks as soon as possible as ticks can harbour diseases such as Lyme’s disease.

Due to the drill like head, it is important not to pull the tick out. Speak to a vet or nurse today for a demonstration on safe removal.


What time Glenbrae opens?


Monday 8.30-8pm
Tuesday - Friday 8.30-7pm
Saturday 8.30-4.30pm


Monday - Friday 8.30-6.30pm
Saturday - 9am-12.30pm



Monday - Friday 8.30-6.30pm
Saturday - 9am-12.30pm

At Bearsden
49 - 53 Stockiemuir
Ave Bearsden, Glasgow.
G61 3JJ

0141 942 7070

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18 Station
Road, Dumbarton

01389 765 555

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