Fleas Can Kill

August 12, 2019

 

Last night we received a call regarding a kitten who had been brought in to Vets Now covered in fleas. Sadly her siblings didn’t survive the infestation and this little girl was so anemic through the loss of blood that she needed a blood transfusion. Due to being a rare blood type it was not possible to perform one, but she continued receiving intensive nursing care overnight.

 

Today the kitten has been signed over to our Branch so that we can continue the financial support needed in order to give her a chance of survival. An appeal was made to locate a blood donor again and finally at 2pm a match was found. We are hoping that this little girl makes a full recovery, but it is still very much touch and go at the moment. The amazing nurses and vets at MK Vet Group are doing everything they can to help her so she just needs to hold on and get stronger.

 

Thank you so much to all the donors who called to offer their help and all their cats who visited for blood tests. Your kind hearted, swift response has given us hope that she will survive.🐾

 

We would like to name this little kitten Tasmin, after the vet who saved her. Without her and the incredible team at Vets Now she wouldn’t be alive, thank you so much ❤

 

Fleas are a common problem for pet owners and although they may seem to be nothing more than an itchy nuisance for your animal they can be DEADLY. Every year we encounter cases like this where animals have been left untreated and as a result, many die, particularly kittens. Flea treatment should be part of every responsible pet owner’s routine.

 

FACTS
• Fleas feed on the blood from their host. They literally suck the life out of the animal, causing anemia and often death.
• Flea larvae can be infected with tapeworm eggs. If your pet eats the infected flea, they can then develop tapeworm.
• Fleas can carry diseases which can also KILL your pet.
• Allergic dermatitis is a common reaction to the saliva from a flea bit. Causing intense scratching by cats and even bald patches due to hair pulling.

 

The only way to protect your pet is to take preventative measures. To find out more, read the information page on our National website: 
https://www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/pets/general/fleas

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