The flea (not to be mistaken with the Red Hot Chilli Pepper member) is the most common cause of skin irritation in dogs and cats, and often adds to the discomfort of pets with other itchy skin problems. As mentioned above, they also are an intermediate host for some kinds of tapeworm. Fleas are not just a summertime problem. They can live perfectly well in your warm home all year round, even if it's frosty outside.
The immature life stages can remain dormant for a year or more, hatching when conditions are right to feed on your pet's blood, and perhaps your blood too! Almost all pets will come across the odd flea just doing day to day things such as walks, being in the garden, or even going to the vets! This is an uncomfortable fact of life,and is normal. If fleas come into your house on your pet, they can breed very rapidly indeed, each female laying hundreds of eggs. Very quickly, a small number becomes a proper infestation. Prevention is better than cure, so don't wait for it to become a problem.
The best plan for control depends upon the lifestyle of your pet. Contact us to discuss your individual circumstances. Animals with particular skin problems may benefit from using more than one type of product to reduce flea exposure to as low a level as possible. Flea prevention products can be administered in several different ways. It can be a 'spot-on' or spray directly onto the pet, applied as a spray to carpets and bedding in the home, or given by mouth (dogs & cats) or injection (cats). Whatever product is used, it is very important to use it frequently as directed on the package. If the product says monthly, use it monthly. 'Hit & miss' flea prevention will lead to disappointment.
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