Summer brings cookouts, lazy days spent on a porch swing, and fleas. Yes, fleas. Fleas feasting on humans, dogs and cats, oh my! Summer months provide ideal conditions for survival and increased production rates for both fleas and ticks. What’s a pet owner to do?
A Little History About Fleas
Fleas are insects and are related to ants and beetles. Adult fleas feed on the blood of our pets, then mate and produce eggs that fall from the pets’ coat into the environment, and the cycle begins. More fleas.
The Flea Circus
Fleas cause itching and scratching, redness, flaky skin, scabs, hotspots, and hair loss. The bite of one flea can send pets into a tailspin of scratching, biting, and digging at their skin. Look closely into the pet’s fur, notice the black specks on his skin. This is flea poo, digested blood.
How to Prevent and Treat Flea Infestations
• Use safe and effective flea products. Contact the veterinarian to help make the best choice for the pet.
• Use products that target more than one stage of the flea’s life cycle.
• ALWAYS follow the product’s instructions. Some products can be toxic and even fatal.
• Never use a product meant to treat dogs on cats. Some dog products contain ingredients that can be toxic and even fatal to cats.
Consult a veterinarian about recommendations for the prevention and treatment of fleas and ticks. They are the best resource to ensure the health and well-being of our fur babies.