We’ve pulled together some information for you to help you spot if your pet has fleas and, more importantly, what you need to do to get rid of the little creatures.
How much do you know about fleas?
Fleas are small, fast moving creatures that are particularly active in summer when the climate is warmer. They lay dormant in protective cocoons until a pet stimulates them to hatch.
They carry disease and can cause anaemia in young animals so it’s important to treat your pets properly and know what to look out for.
When fleas hatch, they lay their eggs everywhere. In fact, a single flea can lay up to 50 eggs a day in and these can fall off your pet and land onto your pets bedding, carpets or sofas around the home.
Only 5% of fleas are found on your pet. That means 95% of the fleas will be somewhere in your home! Fleas like it warm and dark and like all kind of furnishings and floorings, so remember to also treat hard floors or skirting boards where they might develop into a cocoon waiting for you pet to jump on so they can feed.
How will I know if my pet has fleas?
The most common sign is that your pet will be persistently itching, biting or over-grooming. In some cases, you may also see patches of hair loss or crusty sores on their skin if your pet is allergic or sensitive to fleas.
If you suspect you have some unwanted flea friends in your home, check your pet’s fur for small black specks in their coat around the neck area, behind their ears of on their tummy. If your pet has long hair, they can be a little trickier to spot so check right down to the roots of the hairs as this is where fleas love to hang out.
If you’re unsure if they are fleas, one trick is to get a wet tissue or wet some paper and comb your pet’s hair onto it. If you see flecks of black which have a halo of red around the black dropping this is flea poo with undigested blood in it and a tell-tale sign your pet has fleas!
What should I do if my pet has fleas?
You will need to treat both your pets and your home if you have a flea infestation. There are lots of products available to help you get rid of the unwanted flea friends and we’ve listed the options below:
- A Spot On flea treatment is easy to apply and will kill fleas on your pet for around a month.
- Fleas love pet’s bedding so we recommend you wash all bedding over 40C, or if you’re worried, we recommend you replace the bedding.
- Spray your home including soft furnishings, curtains, hard floors and tiles around your home. Don’t forget to move your furniture and re-spray your home after a few days if you need to.
For the full range of flea treatments and sprays we have available for cats and dogs, please see our Healthcare shop at the links below.
Dog Healthcare: https://www.fossfeeds.com/dog/dog-healthcare
Cat Healthcare: https://www.fossfeeds.com/cat/cat-healthcare.
If you need any further advice on what to do if your pet has fleas, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the team on 01904 706376 or at [email protected].