Fleas are one of the most common parasites caught by pet cats and dogs. Indeed, it’s thought that every cat and dog will suffer an infestation at some point in their lives.
Fleas are not just an inconvenience. Their saliva is considered one of the most allergenic substances on earth, and is the cause of a nasty skin disease in pets called Flea Allergic Dermatitis (FAD). Also, when they bite, fleas ingest blood. If the infestation is severe enough, it can cause anaemia or even kill a small puppy or kitten.
That’s not to mention the embarrassment of having your home infested with fleas, and the discomfort if you’re bitten as well.
For every effective flea treatment, there are at least half a dozen old wives’ tales about fleas. Your veterinary surgeon can explain which really are the most effective ways to get rid of them.
To start with, you’ll need to understand a little bit about how fleas live.
|About Flea Infestations
There are over 2000 species of flea in the world. Thankfully, only the cat flea and the dog flea (Ctenocephalides felis, Ctenocephalides canis) are important to dogs and cats. Despite the name, cat fleas infest dogs just as much as they infest cats.