Guide to Flea Treatments in Pets.
Your pet can get stressed by free bites which are always itchy. The fleas saliva can also cause dermatitis on your pets skin. The itchy bites will results to pets constantly scratching their bodies leading to hair loss and other skin problems. 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.
You can know when your pet has fleas by observing on how it behaves. Fleas makes cats to look restless and to constantly scratch some parts of their bodies. Another observable behavior in cats is often shaking of the head and constant scratching of their years. Though licking of hair coats is common in cats, excessive licking can be a way of showing the possibility of fleas. A flea comb would work well in confirming whether the pets has flea when run through their hair pulling out fleas hiding under the haircoat.
The time and resources you need to fight fleas can be determined by the climate you live in. During winters, pets and animals are less disturbed by 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. The best way to get rid of fleas is to continue treatment even during cold seasons because fleas can get into the house to escape the cold outside and attack our pets.
There are a lot of flea control products ranging from pills, collars, shampoos and spot on treatments. Spot on treatments are applied on pets shoulders and backs and they come in liquid form. Some “spot-ons” come in form of collars such as the PetAction flea medicine for cats. Spot-on treatment for fleas can prove to be a more effective method with no harmful side effects to the pet if users read guidelines carefully and use the correct doses as prescribed by the manufacturers. Dogs spot-on treatments can be differentiated from those ment for cats by proper reading og the product’s label.
The new products coming out are making it difficult for consumers to choose the best flea control method. Safety is another issue that pet owners are considering because kids regularly come into contact with pets thus exposing them to the chemicals used to control flea in the pets. 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.