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FLEAS AND TREATMENT

 

Fleas and treatment for Cats and Dogs

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From the Mirrabooka Veterinary Hospital

Some facts about fleas and flea control

for the cat and dog owner

Fleas are biting insects which infest the hair and skin of animals but more particularly, are capable of surviving in the animal's living area for long periods of time. The flea cycle involves adults, eggs and larvae and all stages can survive away from the dog/cat for at least some months and under ideal conditions for very much longer. It is sometimes stated that even adult fleas are only on your host animal for about 20% of the time and the rest of the time they spend in the animal's environment; the carpet, garden, on your pets bed.

For this reason finding just a few fleas on your animal indicates that a much larger population of fleas is actually being supported.

The major problem with fleas is the irritation they cause and which in many cases, is exacerbated by a flea bite allergy syndrome which can become extremely severe. In addition, fleas can transmit tapeworms to dogs and cats. In the case of dogs which are allergic to flea bites, even one or a few fleas can initiate the allergic reaction which in most cases starts over the rump area, causing extreme irritation, loss of hair and thickening of the skin. flea bite allergy syndrome which can become extremely severe. In addition, fleas can transmit tapeworms to dogs and cats. In the case of dogs which are allergic to flea bites, even one or a few fleas can initiate the allergic reaction which in most cases starts over the rump area, causing extreme irritation, loss of hair and thickening of the skin. flea bite allergy syndrome which can become extremely severe. In addition, fleas can transmit tapeworms to dogs and cats. In the case of dogs which are allergic to flea bites, even one or a few fleas can initiate the allergic reaction which in most cases starts over the rump area, causing extreme irritation, loss of hair and thickening of the skin.

Successful treatment depends on complete elimination of the flea population, not just on the animal but in the animal's environment. A major cause of control breakdown in many cases is because of reinfestation from neighbour's dogs or cats and this, of course, is very difficult to control. Control of flea allergy dermatitis ( a consequence of flea bite allergy syndrome ) is complex and difficult and may involve utilization of drugs such as cortisone which may have side effects. Accordingly, the major method of controlling flea allergy dermatitis and other conditions caused by fleas is to control the flea population. 

Because all stages of the flea life cycle can remain alive in the animal's environment for long periods of time, you will need to attempt to break the flea life cycle in some way. Several modern flea control remedies are designed to prevent either the maturation of flea larvae or to prevent the hatching of flea eggs. These are extremely useful and very safe methods of flea control and in most cases are more effective than simply using sprays, powders or flea collars which simply kill the fleas once they have hopped onto your pet. However insecticides, in many cases, may be needed to supplement the use of the more sophisticated control measures as the latter usually takes some months before they show maximum effect.

It is important that you ask your veterinarian for advice in the use of all flea control remedies because flea control is not a simple matter and different preparations need to be used in quite different ways. Your veterinarian is the only person who is really qualified to give you advice on fleas and their control.

Ask your Veterinarian about fleas and their control

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