Fleas, in large numbers, can cause anaemia, irritation and Flea Allergy Dermatitis (FAD). When the flea bites your animals the flea’s saliva is injected into your pet. The saliva is the substance to which your pet becomes allergic. So one flea bite can start a FAD problem.
Signs of flea infestation are:
- Scratching and biting, especially base of tail and rump
- Actually seeing fleas, especially in the rump and groin areas
- Seeing ‘flea dirt’ (flea faeces), which presents as black specks on the skin
When addressing a flea problem it is important to treat the environment as well as your pet. Wash bedding (hot water cycle), vacuum/clean carpet, rugs and floor. A pest control company may be needed to treat the house and yard.
Treatments can include collars, monthly tablets, rinses, top-spots and sprays. There is also a monthly injection that vets can give for ticks.
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