Fleas – How You Can Help Your Pet

Fleas are an unpleasant addition to owning your furry friend, so it’s important to know how you can get rid of those pesky mites. Thankfully, it isn’t as difficult as you might think.

Flea treatments can easily be done in the comfort of your own home, where your pet feels most relaxed, however you should always speak to your vet for advice on the best flea products. It’s very important that you only give your faithful companion the treatment that has been recommended, as certain ones contain Permethrin, an insecticide that is safe for dogs but highly toxic for cats.

How do I know if my pet has fleas?

Spotting the problem is the first step in helping your pet, typical signs include;

  • Your pet is scratching
  • Your pets skin is red and irritated
  • You can see dark specks in your pets’ fur, or even small insects scurrying in the fur
  • You have unaccounted for insect bites on your own skin

What do I do if I think my pet has fleas?

The most important thing you can do is to take your pet to see your local vet, who will be able to give you the best advice on which products you should look for, and which you should avoid. Most practices will offer a free flea check, but always check with your local practice as certain T&C’s might apply. Chemical and Non-Chemical flea removal options are available, so there is something for everyone.

What can I do at home?

Once you’ve gotten your advised treatment, you can start to administer this to your pet at home. It’s also important to treat the home itself, as fleas can survive for many months without being on your animal. Cleaning your pets bedding and regularly vacuuming furniture and floors will help to get those pesky fleas fleeing!  

What if I do nothing?

As a responsible pet owner, you would never want your animal to be uncomfortable or distressed, however leaving fleas on your pet can cause much nastier outcomes.

Fleas feed on blood, so young or frail animals could become weak and even die as a result of blood loss from a flea infestation. They could also suffer allergic reactions, and suffer with tapeworms if they eat flea larvae that has become infected with tapeworm eggs.  

Aside from the implications for your pet, if no flea treatment is provided then your house will inevitably become home to a host of the tiny insects.

Our pets are part of the family and we all want to keep them as healthy as possible, and with the right amount of care and advice, you can help do that. 

For more information on fleas and how to prevent and treat, please visit:

https://www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/pets/general/fleas

https://www.petmd.com/dog/care/evr_dg_fleas_on_dogs_and_what_you_can_do_about_them