Fleas are the bane of many pet owners lives – these tiny biting insects live in the fur of your pets and can be difficult to eliminate. Even if your pet attends regular grooming sessions with your Cardiff dog groomer and your home is scrupulously clean, fleas can still be a problem!
If you’re not sure if your pet has fleas, it’s important to know what signs to look out for. If your pet seems to be scratching themselves more often than usual, or if you notice tiny insects or dark-brown coloured spots in their fur, this could indicate a flea infestation. You might also notice tiny, itchy insect bites on your own skin.
Clean your Home and Treat your Pet
Did you know that fleas don’t actually spend all their time living in your pet’s fur? In fact, 95% of fleas live in your home environment and can be found on sofas and in carpets and bedding. This is why it’s important to treat your home as well as your pet, to eliminate the risk of further outbreaks. Vacuum bedding and soft furnishings thoroughly, ensuring you also hoover floors and skirting boards to remove fleas and their eggs. You should also ensure you dispose of your hoover bag after each cleaning session to prevent flea larvae and eggs from developing.
How to Treat your Pet
Your vet should be the first port of call if you suspect your pet has fleas – they can recommend a treatment and on-going flea prevention programme. You need to remember that flea treatment is animal specific – what’s safe for use on your dog can be toxic for your cat! Some pets can be extremely sensitive to the saliva of fleas, which can cause an allergic reaction and be extremely uncomfortable for your animal, so it’s important to see your vet promptly and purchase flea treatment.
Regular grooming can go a long way to eliminating fleas, but always make sure your pet has been treated before attending your Cardiff dog grooming appointment. Shampooing, brushing and general care of your pet’s coat will help to ensure that fleas remain at bay.
This article was written by Mucky Pups