There are a lot of myths and some confusion about fleas and flea treatment out there, so we’ve taken our top 10 most frequently asked questions and answered them. Read on to find out all you need to know to banish fleas from your home for good!
How Do You Know If Your Dog or Cat Has Fleas?
The first sign of your dog or cat having fleas is the scratching or chewing at their skin but there are other ways to tell. Usually, before seeing fleas moving amongst your pet’s fur, you will see something called ‘flea dirt’. This is a mixture of the fleas excrement and your pet’s blood. If you notice that when you bathe your pet that the water turns a reddish-brown or when you groom them there are small black flakes in the brush or comb, treat them for fleas as soon as possible.
How Do I Stop My Dog or Cat From Getting Fleas?
The best way to prevent fleas is to treat your pet with a regular (usually monthly) flea treatment. The most effective flea treatments are those prescribed by your vet and at a dosage based on the weight of your pet. If you obtain your pet’s prescription from your vet you can order flea treatments from Vetscriptions at a saving of 40%.
What Should I Do If My Dog or Cat Has Fleas?
If you suspect that your dog or cat has fleas you should request a flea treatment from your vets immediately. Flea infestations can be hugely uncomfortable for your pet, can lead to illness and even infest your home. The most effective treatments need to be prescribed by your vet but can be ordered from Vetscriptions, saving you 40%. Most vet prescribed flea treatments will also protect your pet from some of the most common parasites in the UK, such as ticks and many types of worms.
Can Humans Get Fleas?
Although humans cannot get fleas, they can be subject to irritation and flea bites from fleas living in pet beds and soft furnishings. You will need to use a flea treatment on your pets and use a pet-friendly treatment on your carpets and soft furnishings.
What Is the Best Flea Treatment?
The best flea treatment is one prescribed by your vet. They can prescribe a treatment that suits your pet to avoid any adverse reactions. Vet prescribed flea treatments can also treat and prevent other parasites such as ticks and a variety of worms. These treatments are usually a ‘spot-on’ treatment applied with a small pipette to the back of your pet’s neck. Usually, it is a monthly application but this can vary so always follow pack instructions or advice from your vet.
How Fast Does Flea Treatment Work?
A good quality vet prescribed flea treatment can kill fleas and eggs within one day. Your vet will advise on the best flea treatment to suit your pet based upon its size and any allergies or sensitivities. This will ensure that the solution is the correct strength to effectively treat your pet and get rid of all of the fleas. Not treating the problem properly can result in not killing all of the fleas and the problem returning within a few days. Fleas lay around 50 eggs per day!
How Do Flea Treatments Work?
If flea treatment you choose is a spot-on treatment, then it is applied to the back of the neck (or along the spine on large dogs) using a small pipette. The active ingredient then absorbs into the animal’s skin and coat where the fleas are killed on contact. Additionally, as your pet goes to its usual spots around the house (i.e. bed, sofa etc.), it will shed its coat there, and the treatment will also kill any excess flea eggs and larvae in these areas on contact. If you use an oral flea solution, it is absorbed into the bloodstream and will only kill fleas after they have bitten and will not kill eggs/larvae.
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