Guide to Flea Treatments in Pets.
The itchy flea bites can be a cause of stress to your pet. Apart from that, they can cause dermatitis in pets through their saliva. When pets constantly scratch their bodies because of the itchy flea bites, they end up losing their hair or injuring their skin. When out of control, the fleas can cause anemia on your young and small pets such as puppies and kittens by feasting on their blood. The tape worms inside the fleas cab be passed to your animals if they swallow fleas.
The best way to know when your pet has fleas is observing its behaviors. Cats infested by fleas are restless and do more scratching on some areas of the body. Another observable behavior in cats is often shaking of the head and constant scratching of their years. Cats regularly lick their hair coat but too much licking can be another sign of potential fleas. To confirm whether the pet has fleas, you can run a flea comb through the pets hair so us to pull out fleas hiding under the hair coat.
You need different amount of time and resources dedicated to fighting fleas during different climates. When it is extremely cold,pets and other animals have no fleas. Very cold temperatures can either kill the fleas or make them dormant for that period until warm weather returns. In warm climate areas, fleas attack pets for the whole year. It is not advisable for pet owners to stop fleas treatment during cold seasons because fleas might escape the cold outside and find refuge in your warm pets and houses.
There are a lot of flea control products ranging from pills, collars, shampoos and spot on treatments. Spot on treatments are liquids that are applied on to dogs and cats skins at the back or on the pet’s shoulder blades. Some “spot-ons” come in form of collars such as the PetAction flea medicine for cats. Spot-on flea treatment is an effective method with no harmful side effects to pets but users should follow the label instructions for dosage guidelines before using them. By properly reading the lable,you can easily differentiate the the dogs products from the cats products.
The new products coming out are making it difficult for consumers to choose the best flea control method. Consumers are also considering the safety of their kids because kids will always touch their pets thus exposing them to the chemicals used in flea control. After touching pets, children can put the hands in the mouth thus ingesting the chemicals or the chemicals can get absorbed into their bodies through the skin. The best way is to visit your veterinarian so as to get their advice on flea treatment.