Fleas. Just the word makes you itch. They’re the teeny, wingless, leaping parasites that cause endless discomfort when they move around your pet. We all dread their arrival – and with good reason.
Fleas can be hard to get rid of because they spread so fast; an adult female lays up to 2,000 eggs in its lifetime. They can trigger a severe allergic reaction in pets, and their bites are itchy and painful for animals and humans. Even worse – these nasties are known to spread diseases like tuberculosis, anthrax, cholera and typhoid– and even bubonic plague. Yes – that’s still a thing.
Whilst this information may sound worrying, there are steps you can take to stop a flea infestation and prevent another one from occurring.
How to kill fleas on your pet
- You need to target fleas at every stage of their life cycle, or you’re only solving part of the problem. Ask your vet for a flea control product that targets fleas from egg to adult stage. Bear in mind that multiple treatments may be necessary.
- Treat all the pets in the home, even if they aren’t scratching and showing signs of fleas.
- As a precaution, examine your pet for any wounds or inflammation. Constant scratching can cause small cuts in the skin which can get infected. Take your pet to the vet if you are concerned.
- Animals serve as the perfect vehicles to transport fleas around your home, where they settle into carpets and furniture. Many products target fleas in homes, but unless you’re 100% confident of your ability to kill every flea at every life stage, it’s a good idea to hire a professional pest control company. You may also need to spray your garden.
How to keep fleas away for good
Once you've eliminated all the fleas on your pets and in your home, it’s crucial to continue using flea protection treatments on an ongoing basis. This will kill any fleas your pets pick up at the dog park or other spots they visit.
If you’re unsure about identifying these pests or treating an infestation on your pet, give the team at South Eastern Animal Hospital a call today.