Facts about fleas

itching_cat_blake_vetsWhat do fleas look like?

They are small, wingless insects, approximately one-eighth of an inch, with long back legs that are great for jumping!

Where do fleas live?

Eggs are laid on the animal but fall into the environment, for example into the pets’ bedding or onto the carpet.
Only 5% of flea population is on the animal. 95% are in the environment where the majority of the fleas’ life cycle occurs.

How can my pet get fleas?

  • They pass from one infected animal to another.
  • In bad cases you will need to treat the areas where your pet lives, otherwise they may continue to emerge and land on pets. This emergence of fleas can occur for several months.
  • When treating the environment it is important to treat all areas that the pet goes. This may include the car.

How will fleas affect my pet?

  • Fleas will bite cats, dogs and rabbits.
  • They can cause Flea Bite Dermatitis by irritating the skin of the animal.
  • Flea Allergy Dermatitis (FAD) is caused by an allergy to flea saliva.
  • A very heavy infestation particularly in small animals especially kittens and puppies can lead to anaemia.
  • Fleas can also be responsible for the transmission of viral disease in rabbits.

How do I treat fleas on my pet?

Blake Vets advise you treat your pet on a regular basis to prevent fleas. Please talk to us about treatments.

Our Health Club for cats and dogs includes flea, tick and worm treatments and is a great way to reduce and spread the cost of your pet’s routine healthcare. Click here for more information.

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