Fleas are most often seen during the warmer months, but as we keep our homes nice and warm throughout winter, we see fleas all year round. Only a small percentage of the adult flea population lives on your pet. The fleas’ eggs and larvae live in the environment and can survive for up to a year, so it is important to not only treat your animal directly for fleas but also decontaminate the environment as well. Wash your pet’s bedding using the hottest cycle and regularly vacuum/clean carpets. We do not recommend flea shampoos as they fail to address the environmental flea infestation.
Fleas tend to jump onto your pet only to feed and then jump off again. Dogs and cats can react to flea saliva resulting in a skin condition called Flea Allergy Dermatitis or FAD. Veterinary consultation is recommended to plan treatment of FAD. Treatment mostly involves very good flea treatment, anti-itch medications and antibiotics.
Some signs that your pet may have fleas include
Scratching, biting and hair loss, especially at the base of the tail and rump
You may see fleas (especially over the rump and in the groin region)
It can be difficult to find the fleas, but it is relatively easy to check for flea dirt. Simply moisten a cotton ball, part your pet’s fur and place the cotton ball on the skin over the rump. If the cotton ball takes on black specs surrounded by a reddish area, this may be flea dirt and can indicate that your pet has fleas
Call Us to discuss an appropriate flea control program for your pet
Some cats and dogs, particularly those living closer to cattle grazing areas or farms, can be prone to getting ticks. Ticks jump on the pets and suck blood. They can also cause irritation and infection.
Please ring our clinic to discuss products, which can help with the management of the tick problem.