Does your pet have fleas? And what to do about it.

If you suspect they may have fleas you will find initially they are extremely tiny and are often difficult to find.

To find out if your pet has developed an infestation of fleas you need to take a closer look at your pet’s coat. When examining your pets coat take a look for tiny dark and sometimes brown specks which is essentially tiny dried blood flecks drawn by the flea.

The easiest way to check for flea flecks is to comb through your pet's jacket onto a wet piece of paper or kitchen roll. If the specks turn reddish/brownish, then your pet has probably got fleas.

How to get rid

It is best not to wait for your pet to start to scratch or itch before thinking about flea treatments. Routine flea management will make sure your house and your dog remain flea free.

Adult fleas readily spread from one pet to another and are small dark brown, wingless insects that may jump up incredibly long distances over 150 times their own length.

Fleas must feed to survive and reproduce. In adult dogs (and people) the primary issue is the flea bite, which results in irritation and skin allergy issues.

The young adult flea instantly starts to seek out a host for a good meal. After no more than one meal of blood the female can begin to lay eggs and becomes sexually mature. One flea can generate over 2,000 eggs in its life!

Declare war on the flea

It's important to treat your house and your pet on the same day. Because the fleas are on your pet and around your house it’s important that you treat both at the same time.

Pull out the vacuum cleaner

Adult fleas readily spread from one pet to another and are small dark brown, wingless insects that may jump up incredibly long distances over 150 times their own length.

Fleas must feed to survive and reproduce. In adult dogs (and people) the primary issue is the flea bite, which results in irritation and skin allergy issues.

The young adult flea instantly starts to seek out a host for a good meal. After no more than one meal of blood the female can begin to lay eggs and becomes sexually mature. One flea can generate over 2,000 eggs in its life!

That’s why it’s important to pull out the vacuum cleaner because many of these eggs will drop off your pet onto the carpet. When the exact a small flea larvae will emerge. These wormlike creatures don’t like light so they will try and find dark areas like along skirting boards or cracks to hide in.

Vacuum up them. Remove the flea larvae in your carpeting, dog bed or any were your pet will roam.

Before long the larvae pupate. What this means is they start an alteration and spin a cocoon. In the cocoon they develop into adult fleas. It's not dissimilar to a caterpillar and after that emerges as a butterfly.

Again it’s important to vacuum and vacuum again get into all the little dark areas in your house to remove as many as possible. The cocoon surrounding the flea that is growing is impervious and water tight.

Dispose of the contents entirely once you have finished vacuuming.

Pet treatments and insecticides

At Greenbank kennels and cattery we recommend that you take a visit to your vet who can provide a powerful spot on treatments that, used consistently, will control and prevent flea infestation.

Your vet should also be able to provide you with some spray insecticides. Spray on floors, all carpets, rugs, soft furnishings and areas your pet sleeps with the aerosol or flea bomb that your vet recommends. These insecticides will kill flea eggs, emerging mature fleas and larvae.

It is recommended that you refrain from vacuuming for a week after you have used the insecticides in your house.

If you would like to know more about fleas or other parasites please check out www.itsajungle.co.uk/

Author: Sarah Robinson

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