Fleas can transfer nasty diseases to you and your pet
Because fleas reproduce at such a rapid rate, they’re particularly hard to get rid of once your pet has an infestation. It’s therefore important that you start a flea treatment programme when your pet is young, to prevent them from suffering later on in life.
So how do you know if your pet has fleas? Here are some things to look out for:
- Your pet excessively scratching
- You or your pet being bitten which results in sore, itchy red spots
- Small brown-red flecks in your pet’s fur (often scurrying around)
Fleas survive by drinking blood, which can be fatal to young, old and frail animals who can’t always survive blood loss.
Because flea saliva is an allergen to both animals and humans, a ‘bite’ often results in a sore and itchy red spot for both you and your furry friend.
A flea can live up to three months and in that time have up to 500 offspring. The rate fleas reproduce makes them particularly hard to get rid of; especially if they’re already living in your furniture.
Fleas transfer to human living areas and clothing. This makes it possible for them to spread the same nasty bacterial diseases to you, as they can pass on to your pet.
If you suspect that your pet has fleas, groom them with a fine-toothed comb over a white piece of paper. Any fleas or flea droppings will fall onto the paper.
You must treat your pet for fleas at the first sign of an infestation. There are a large number of treatments available but they’re not all suitable for all animals and breeds. At Bell Brown and Bentley we recommend that speak to a member of our team before choosing a product.
It’s easy to administer flea treatment; the majority are externally applied to animals. If you have any concerns however don’t hesitate to speak to one of our nurses.
If you would like to never have to worry about the cost of flea treatment again, visit our Pet Health Plan page to find out how we can help save you money on routine treatments.
Have your pet cared for by the practice that has provided Leicester with indisputable animal care for over 60 years. Call our Leicester Forest East branch 0116 238 8100, our London Road branch on 0116 254 3255, or our Wigston branch on 0116 288 6638.