Dogs & fleas

To date more than 2500 flea species have been discovered worldwide, however the species you are most likely to find on your dog or in your home is the cat flea ( Ctenocephalides felis ).

Cat fleas unlike other fleas are not fussy feeders, they will feed off many animals, including us. The cat flea is reddish-brown in colour and approximately 3mm in size. They have tube-like mouth-parts adapted to feeding on the blood of their hosts. Their legs are long, the hind pair well adapted for jumping: a flea can jump vertically up to 7 inches (18 cm) and horizontally up to 13 inches (33 cm), making the flea one of the best jumpers of all known animals (relative to body size).

Osteochondritis Dissecans (OCD)

What is OCD?

OCD is a condition that occurs in growing puppies of larger breeds, mainly between the ages of 4-9 months, but can occur as late as 12 months or possibly a little older. It is most normally seen in the shoulder joint but can be seen in stifles, elbows, hocks or other joints. In roughly one third of the cases of OCD, the disease is bilateral (in both joints). Sporadically it is present in several different joints in the same individual. It is seen twice as often in males as in females.

Dog moulting

More than half of the UK's dogs are now moulting abnormally large amounts of hair, according to the National Dog Moulting Survey, forcing owners to spend an average of half an hour extra vacuuming every week.

Over 350 dog owners from across the UK took part in the survey, with dogs ranging from Afghans and Alsatians to Westies and Yorkshire Terriers. Over 60% of owners said their dog moulted more than they would like, with 42% of dogs moulting excessively, which is leading to 69% of owners hoovering more than they otherwise would.