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.

The litter of kittens treated at PDSA Bristol Pet Hospital.

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.

Intensive care

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.


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I feel flea anaemia is becoming more of a problem due to the public not being aware of the responsibility ie prevention, care and advice we as RVNs can give.
I nursed a v. poorly 4 week old kitten who sadly passed away. I feel advertisement on TV to try and educate people about the importance of flea and worm prevention and vaccinations. There should be a law that all breeders should be certified to breed


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