What are fleas? Fleas are horrible pests that feed on the blood of dogs, cats, rodents, wildlife and even humans. Once your fur-baby has fleas, they will bite every 5 minutes leaving you dog or cat itchy, sore and uncomfortable. Fleas can lay up to 40 eggs per day which then drop off and create an infestation. The larvae hatch to form eggs and these eggs crawl into carpets, sofas and even floors to further develop into cocoons which can be dormant for some time. Once the flea cocoons hatch, they form new fleas that have the strength to jump onto humans or pets, and the cycle continuously repeats itself. How do you know your pet has fleas? Indication of flea infestation can be determined by finding adult fleas on your fur-baby and finding flea droppings (they often look like tiny dust or dirt particles), usually located on the lower abdomen of your pets belly and/or the lower back, closer to the tail. Adult fleas and flea dirt can also be found on your pets bedding. If your pet or anyone in your family is scratching vigorously, it may be due to painful flea bites and should be checked out if there is a flea infestation present. What to do if your pet has fleas? Your vet is the place to go because your vet can help! You will require an effective product that works fast to stop the adult fleas from biting, and to kill them before they start laying eggs. Ask your vet what are the best options to administer – either a topical product or oral product can be used to get rid of fleas on your pet and make sure to get a product that kills both eggs and adult fleas on contact. Wash your pets bedding and vacuum the carpets will help reduce infestation. There are spray products you can get to help kill the eggs and larvae in the carpet. Your vet will be the best person to talk to if your pet is having a flea problem. They will provide you with the best medication and advice on how to prevent it from happening!
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