Cats and dogs become invested with fleas through contact with other animals or contact with fleas in the environment. Fleas cannot fly but their strong back legs enable them to jump from host to host.
Flea bites can cause itching and in some cases, can be severe and lead to hair loss, inflammation and secondary skin infections. Preventative flea care needs to be ongoing.
To get on top of infestations, and depending on the medication chosen, cats and dogs need to be treated every month for 3-4 months, and the environment needs to be treated as well using flea bombs. It is important to vacuum and wash animal bedding regularly. It takes several weeks to eliminate the fleas and ongoing treatment of pets should be maintained even after the flea numbers have subsided.
Environmental sprays must contain Insect Growth Regulators (IGR’s) as this stops flea egg development. Insecticides do not affect flea eggs. We recommend Pyriproxife.
Dogs that are allergic to fleas have a severe itch-producing reaction to flea bites. The dog’s response to the intense itching is to chew, lick or scratch. This causes hair loss and can lead to open sores or scabs on the skin, allowing a secondary bacterial infection to begin. Steroids can be issued to give relief from the allergic reaction and where bacterial infection of the skin occurs, antibiotics will need to be administered.
Ticks will feed on a variety of animals including cats and dogs. They jump onto your pet and feed by sucking blood. They cause irritation and create wounds that can become infected. In extreme cases, your pet may become ill from loss of blood.