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. Fleas feasting on young pets such as puppies and kittens blood can cause anemia when out of control. When ingested, fleas can pass tapeworms inside them to your pet.
The best way to know when your pet has fleas is observing its behaviors. It is typical for cats infested with fleas to be restless and do more scratching on some parts of their body. The cats can also scratch their ears regularly or often shake its head. It is a common habit for cats to lick their hair coat but excessive 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. Fleas are killed by extremely cold temperatures or are left lying dormant until warm weather returns. The pets in warmer climates will always find themselves battling fleas for the whole year. Pet owners should not stop flea treatment during the cold season because fleas escape the cold weather outside and get refuge in your warm house and pets.
There are a lot of flea control products ranging from pills, collars, shampoos and spot on treatments. Spot on treatments comes in the form of liquids squeezed on the skins of dogs and cats mainly on the soulder blades and at the back. The “spot-ons” can be a collar product such as 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. The label will help you differentiate if the product is for use in dogs or in cats.
Finding the best flea control method is a difficult task for consumers because new products are always coming out. 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. Children can put the hands into the mouth swallowing the chemicals after touching pets or chemicals absorbed into their bodies through the skin. You can get advice on the best and most safe product from your veterinarian.