Even Pets With Good Pet Parents Get Fleas
By Brooke Sloate
It’s estimated that about 40% of all dogs are hypersensitive to flea bites, similar for cats. Actually, a sensitivity to the flea saliva is a very common condition in cats and dogs. The flea will bite the pet, but it’s the injection of the saliva (not the bite) that causes most of the itching.
It doesn’t take an infestation to cause an irritating reaction.
So your pet isn’t necessarily infested with fleas, but rather the saliva of just one or two fleas can make them miserably itchy and uncomfortable for many weeks (even long after the fleas are gone). Flea-bite hypersensitivity usually gets worse throughout the pet’s life. Each year, the signs of the hypersensitivity will start earlier and last longer in the ‘flea season’ and the itching will be more severe.
How do I know if it’s fleas vs. an allergy?
You will usually see fleas around the face or base of the tail. If you haven’t actually seen a ‘live’ flea on your pet, look for other signs like:
· Tiny black specks that look like finely ground black pepper. This is flea “dirt,” or excrement
· Their skin may look red and bumpy when you pull back their fur to expose the skin
Prevention goes a long way.
The key to getting your pets flea-free is keeping fleas out of their environment. Don't just shampoo your pets but regularly clean their sleeping areas as well. Also, a healthy coat is great protection from all kinds of things, even fleas.
A natural solution to keeping fleas and ticks off of your pets and out of your home includes using a blend of peppermint oil and clove oil extract, and spraying this on both your pets and their bedding, and anywhere else your pets hang out. A blend like this will also repel mosquitos and can be used as often as needed without harmful side effects.
How do I get rid of the fleas?
When faced with a flea infestation, here's a three-step plan to follow for clearing fleas from your pet's environment, and keep them off your pets using the right skin care to promote a healthy skin and coat.
Step 1: Treat your house and yard against fleas. Fleas don't live on your pet. They just hop on to bite. Be sure that the treatment kills not only the adult fleas but also the flea larvae, which otherwise will hatch in a week or two and re-infest the area. Repeated treatments are recommended.
Step 2: Wash pet bedding and vacuum areas thoroughly before the treatment. Be sure to empty your vacuum. You may need to wash pet bedding several times, depending on the severity of the infestation.
Step 3: Coordinate these steps with baths for all of your pets.
Just remember, fleas happen – even in the cleanest homes. The most important thing is to recognize it as soon as possible for the best possible results.
At pawTree® we are committed to providing pet parents with a line of premium products to help pets thrive. Look for products from pawTree that include the recommended ingredients listed above, including our proprietary Flea and Tick Spray.
Brooke Sloate, Director of Product Development at pawTree LLC, is passionate about solving problems for pets and creating products that truly make a difference to pet parents.
With over 20 years of experience in the pet industry working for a variety of pet companies prior to pawTree®, including Nature's Variety®, Hill’s®, Mars®, Petmate®, Applica® and Sergeant's®, Brooke has developed a wide range of innovative pet products including pet food, treats, and pet accessories.
Brooke enjoys the unconditional love of her family of Shih Tzus and responds by spoiling them every chance she gets!
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