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What is the new Bob Martin Clear range of products?

The Bob Martin Clear range has every product you need to keep everyone in your family (four-legged or two-legged!) happy and healthy.

Flea tablets

Flea & tick spot ons 

Worming tablets, granules and spot ons

Flea collars

Pet sprays

Home sprays and powders

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How do I know if my pet has fleas?

You can check to see if your pet has fleas by parting the fur on your pets back. If you can't see anything it doesn't mean your pet is flea-free. You should also check using a flea comb. Taking the comb, comb through your pets coat and once you've done two or three strokes wipe the comb on some damp cotton wool, if you see some little black specs that change red then your pet has fleas.

One way to stop a flea infestation is to use the Bob Martin Clear Flea Tablets or Flea Spray. The spray will kill the fleas on your pet and can also be used around the home. If you are unsure about anything, please contact Bob Martin as some treatments can be toxic.

What is the age or weight limit for a cat or dog when using a Clear spot on?

Clear Spot On for cats or dogs can be used on kittens and puppies from 2 months old, dogs must weigh at least 2kg and cats at least 1kg.

Is Clear Spot On the same as products available from the Vet?

Our products are reviewed and approved by the official regulatory bodies and any active ingredient we use has been sold in vets before being available to buy without a prescription. It is important to understand that all pharmaceutical products contain active ingredients which can be harmful if used incorrectly or there is an allergic reaction.

Do you have any instructions on how to apply Spot On?

Remove one pipette from the packaging and whilst holding it in an upright position, carefully snap-off the top section thereby opening the tube.The solution needs to be applied in 2 points, the first ½ of the solutiuon should be applied at the base of the back of the head. The second ½ of the solution, between the shoulder blades. Part the pets coat to expose the skin. Place the tip of the pipette on the exposed skin and squeeze approximately half of the tube gently onto the first application site, then repeat at the second site with the remainder of the liquid. Avoid rubbing the solution into the coat and do not rub into the skin.

Correct application of the solution minimises the possibility of the animal licking the solution. Keep recently treated pets apart until application area is dry.

During summer months, or if treating a significant flea infestation, more regular treatment may be required in addition to treatment of the home. 95% of fleas live in the home, so when treating for fleas, it is essential to treat your home to eliminate the problem.

Can I just treat my pet or should I consider treating my home too?

Just 5% of fleas are found on your pet – that means that a huge 95% are in the home. What’s more, because fleas can lay hundreds of eggs in their lifetime (which can grown to adult fleas in as little as 3 weeks), you can have a problem on your hands very quickly.

That’s why it’s so important to treat your home as well as your pet. Don’t forget to wash animals’ bedding regularly. Remember, just because you can’t see any marks on your skin doesn’t mean that you do not have fleas in your house. Not all people will be sensitive to flea bites.

The treatment doesn't seem to have worked, I've treated my pet and it's got fleas again. Am I doing something wrong?

If you continue to find fleas on your pet after correctly applying treatment, this is probably because of flea eggs hatching and growing into adult fleas in the home. That means that you need to use a home treatment, or a double action Spot On treatment.

How long should you wait before re-applying Clear Spot on?

Bob Martin Clear Spot on may take a couple of days to fully migrate across the pet’s body and show signs of efficacy, however if for any reason you would like to re-apply Clear Spot on to your pet, it is safe to do so 1 week after the original application.

Are the products dangerous for my cat?

It is important to understand that all pharmaceutical products contain active ingredients which can be harmful if used incorrectly or there is an allergic reaction. All pet care companies, including us at Bob Martin, are required by strict regulations to do all we can to ensure that the correct dose is administered. Despite this unfortunately, as with all medicines, adverse reactions can occur.

Can Clear Spot on be used on pregnant or nursing animals?

Bob Martin Clear Spot on is not recommended for use on pregnant or nursing dogs and cats. Clear Spot on should also not be used on puppies or kittens less than 2 months old

How can I contact Bob Martin?

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0844 7480 108