- Flea bites can cause itching and sometimes transmit diseases such as flea allergy dermatitis or anaemia, especially in small or poorly pets. Ingested fleas may also cause a tapeworm infection.
- Fleas can inhabit any animal, including clean, healthy ones, so it’s essential to treat your pets regularly with a suitable product. It is recommended to use a flea treatment approximately every four to six weeks as a preventative measure.
- If your animal does get fleas, you must clean your home as well. Hoovering carpets, sofas, and cleaning human and pet bedding will help kill off larvae and eggs.
- Some flea treatments won’t completely rid your pet of fleas. It is a good idea to purchase a flea comb and regularly use it on your pet to remove any eggs or larvae from the skin and fur.
- If you are concerned about using chemicals on your pet, there are some effective natural products on the market, most of which contain an essential oil called geraniol, derived from the geranium plant. Geraniol has powerful flea and mosquito repellent properties and is safe for cats and dogs.
- If you have any concerns or if your pet has bad reactions to fleas or treatment, consult your vet.
What are my options? Receiving a diagnosis of arthritis in your dog can be a worrying time; you may be concerned about how you manage the condition and have questions about what it will mean for your