Vets are being warned nearly four million dogs and cats are at risk of flea infestations this summer, after research revealed an increase in the number of animals left exposed.
PDSA has issued the warning after its PDSA Animal Wellbeing (PAW) Report showed a decline of 900,000 cats and dogs receiving preventive medication since 2014.
The charity is also highlighting the issue after two kittens from a litter in Birmingham died from flea anaemia.
Rebecca Thorne, senior vet at PDSA’s Aston Pet Hospital, explained the kittens were brought in with severe flea bite anaemia after a third kitten had passed away.
She said: “The smaller kitten, called Rosie, had very pale gums, was collapsed and cold. The other kitten, Logan, was livelier, but they were both covered in fleas.
“We gave both kittens intensive care. We fought as hard as we could, but, sadly, we weren’t able to save Rosie. However, we were able to save Logan and, thankfully, he has made a full recovery.”
The kittens’ owner, Charlotte Bennett, said she had used over-the-counter products to treat the litter, but they didn’t seem to be effective.