Dogs and cats most often get infested with fleas through contact with other animals or by spending time outdoors. Most pets experience itching from fleas, but some sensitive animals can have more severe reactions such as hair loss, inflammation and secondary skin infections. Flea saliva can also cause anemia, dermatitis, and facilitate the transfer of tapeworms. Because of fleas’ ability to jump great heights, they are easily able to hitchhike into homes while hidden in the fur of family pets. Once inside, fleas quickly multiply and infest bedding, furniture and clothing.
Because fleas can quickly become a big problem, prevention is the best way for pet owners to avoid a major headache.
- Discuss which preventative measures are best with your veterinarian.
- Bathe their pets regularly.
- Frequently wash human and pet bedding, pet collars and their plush toys.
- Vacuum carpets, floors and furniture on a regular basis.