As one of the most common parasites for both cats and dogs fleas can be a major nuisance. More than being a pesky annoyance however fleas can cause skin diseases in your pet, increase allergens in your home and in the most severe cases can cause anaemia and even the death of your animal. This is why it is important to be proactive and reactive in your treatments to ensure that infestations are controlled, and that you home does not become infested.
Spotting the Signs of Fleas
Spotting the signs of fleas early on is imperative and naturally the first question you need to ask is whether your pet is scratching intensely and excessively. You may also notice hair loss in your pet and areas of red skin, bumps and small brown specks on the fur. On closer inspection you may even be able to see the fleas themselves if the infestation is particularly bad. Another identifier can be insect bites on your person that cannot be accounted for.
Treatments for Fleas
There is no need to panic if your pet has fleas; there is a wide breadth of products out there which can help you (check out our cat flea treatments & dog flea treatments if you are worried). Fleas are fairly hardy so you need to be thorough, first and foremost give your pet’s bedding a full, hot wash and clean your house from top to bottom, particular carpets and other soft furnishings. After vacuuming you will also want to empty the cleaner to get rid of any larvae.
It is worth checking with your vet which treatments will be suitable for your pet although you may want to consider a medicated shampoo, flea powders, drops and tablets and of course, collars. These items will help to bring the infestation under control and prevent the fleas from returning if used properly. You can also by household flea treatments to help you ensure that your home is flea free.
How to Minimise the Risk of Fleas
As a dog or cat owner it is likely that your pet will pick up fleas at some point during their life. Whilst this is unavoidable, you can help to minimise the risk of fleas by using a vet approved treatment around once a month to boost your pet’s resistance.
By being prepared and remaining vigilant it is possible to quickly identify whether your pet has fleas, allowing you to take action before the infestation becomes too serious.