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Ditch the Itch! Fleas 101

If you own a pet, chances are you’ve dealt with fleas at some point. Fleas can be a nuisance, but they’re more than just an annoyance. They can cause serious health issues for cats and dogs. Let’s take a look at why fleas should be taken seriously and what pet owners can do to protect their furry friends from these pesky creatures.


How to Identify Fleas on Your Pet

The first step in treating fleas is recognising them when they show up. Unfortunately, this isn’t as easy as it sounds – adult fleas are only about 2mm long, making them hard to spot! The best way to identify fleas is by looking for “flea dirt” on your pet’s fur or skin. Flea dirt looks like tiny black specks and is actually dried blood that the flea has ingested while feeding off of your pet. These specks will easily turn red when wet, so if you see them on your pet, it’s time to start treating for fleas!


Another sign that your pet has fleas is excessive itching. We know that all pets scratch themselves sometimes, but if your pet is scratching constantly, or even bleeding as a result of excessive itching, that can be a sign of fleas.


Health Risks Associated With Fleas

Fleas may seem harmless enough, but they can cause some serious damage if left unchecked. Most notably, they can spread bacteria and diseases such as bartonella and tapeworms to both humans and animals. In addition, cats and dogs who are infested with fleas may experience skin irritation, excessive scratching and biting which can lead to hair loss or even infection! It's important to get rid of existing flea infestations before these symptoms occur or worsen. 


How To Prevent Future Infestations

One way to prevent future infestations is through regular grooming sessions with your vet or groomer. During these sessions, they will check your pet for signs of flea eggs or larvae as well as perform treatments that will help prevent future infestations. Additionally, using products such as spot-on treatments or shampoos specifically designed for killing fleas will also help keep your pet free of pesky parasites! The most effective way to stop flea infestations is to prevent fleas from appearing in the first place. With Pet Lovers Club’s monthly pet parasite protection, your pets will be fully protected from these itchy pests.

Finally, make sure that you vacuum carpets and furniture regularly in order to remove any stray eggs that may have been left behind by visiting pests!                                                                                                                                      

Taking care of our pets means taking care of their physical health as well as their mental wellbeing - so don't overlook the dangers posed by pesky little critters like fleas! Be sure to check for signs of infestation regularly - especially during the warmer months - and prevent flea infestations with a monthly delivery of Pet Lovers Club parasite protection. Don't forget the importance of vacuuming carpets and furniture regularly in order to remove any stray eggs that may be present. By following these simple steps, we can ensure our furry friends stay healthy and happy all year round!


By Sarah Panther

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