The earlier you spot a flea invasion and begin to treat it the better. If you spot the problem in its earlier stages you can fix it easier and reduce the risk of a full-blown home infestation. |
The flea most commonly found on cats and dogs is known as the "cat flea." Once an adult flea makes its permanent home on your pet, a flea infestation can develop really fast.
While cats and dogs can thrive with fleas on them, fleas can cause them great discomfort and pose a great threat to their health. The longer left untreated, the higher chance your pet will have of developing further illness or allergy. Particularly for younger animals, fleas are a problem. Adult fleas feeding on their blood can result in anemia, weakening the kitten or puppy's health.
In the beginning stages it will be harder to identify that your pet has fleas. It especially can be harder to spot fleas and flea dirt in darker pet hair. Groom them with a fine-toothed comb, or flea comb. Place your pet over a sheet of white paper, or a white towel, and comb them carefully. Look to see if there is flea dirt around on the surface below your pet. "Flea dirt" is an obvious sign of a flea infestation. Flea dirt is actually the flea's excrement of your pet's undigested blood. It is small, black, and comma-shaped.
If you cat or dog goes outside frequently during the warmer months of the year, this can increase the chances of fleas jumping onto them. As this is something that likely happens each year, keep your eye out carefully for the symptoms. Notice if your pet is scratching itself more than usual. Watch out for insect bites around your own ankles. Look through your pet's hair carefully for fleas and dirt, down to the skin level. It can be harder to spot fleas on a long-haired cat or dog.
Once you have noticed the presence of fleas you should begin to immediately and thoroughly treat your pet and your indoor surroundings. Infestations can get even worse when it begins to get colder outside, because the fleas can no longer thrive outdoors and your animals are spending more time indoors. Sometimes we do not notice our pets have fleas until the fleas start hopping around in our home as the season turns to autumn. By this point you might have a serious flea infestation on your hands.
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