Are you a dog or cat owner wondering what to do about fleas? Are you frustrated because you’re still seeing fleas even after regular applications of flea prevention products? There are several reasons for persistent flea infestations even if you’re using a flea treatment product that should be effective. Ask yourself the following questions.
1) Are You Applying the Flea Treatment for Maximum Effectiveness?
When you apply the flea medication, it’s essential to completely part the pet’s hair so that the medication can be applied directly to the skin. If you have a pet with thick fur, this can present a challenge. However, the medication won’t work correctly if only the hair follicles are involved – it must be applied to the skin.
2) Are You Following the Product’s Directions?
The directions may vary depending on the size of your pet. For instance, owners of large dogs might be instructed to apply the product on several spots down the pet’s back. While you might be tempted to make the product last longer by not using as much product as directed, this is not the way to completely eliminate fleas.
3) Have You Considered Oral Flea Treatment Medications?
Oral flea treatments are more effective than topical medications. Plus, they have the added advantage of not being messy. And, you don’t need to worry whether you’re applying the medication properly.
4) Are You Treating Your Home and Yard?
80% of the flea life cycle may be occurring in your home and or yard. It’s no use treating your pet if they will just get reinfected. In the case of heavy flea infestations, you need a flea treatment product that will kill fleas quickly and continue to kill them for two weeks. You may want to consider using a professional exterminator.
5) Are You Stopping Flea Treatment Too Early?
Fleas will expire outside in the cold, but once inside your home, they can cozily spend the winter in a warm climate. So, if you have an indoor flea infestation, keep the treatment going through at least two frosts.
Are Fleas Harmful to Pets?
Fleas are not just a nuisance. They can also cause several pet issues.
Flea Bite Dermatitis: An allergy to flea saliva leading to acute itching and much scratching. The pet’s skin can break open causing scabs to form that may get infected. The most frequent site is the back and base of the tail.
Tapeworms: Tapeworms are parasites that are passed along to your pet when they ingest fleas. They can cause a pet’s rear end to itch and weight loss.
Flea Bite Anemia: A severe flea infestation affecting puppies or kittens can cause a decrease in red blood cells leading to anemia. This situation should be regarded as a medical emergency as it can be fatal if left untreated.
What to do if You Have a Pet Emergency
While fleas do not usually constitute an emergency situation, unless you have an animal with flea bite anemia, CVETS is here for you if you need us. If you live in or near Columbia, South Carolina and you have any kind of pet emergency, bring your animal to us for expert and timely treatment.