How to prevent against fleas
Three signs that indicate your pet has fleas:
- Frequent scratching
- Tiny dark specks or small browny-black insects in your pet’s fur
- Mysterious bites on your own skin
If in doubt, a good way to check for fleas is to groom your pet using a fine-toothed comb held over a white surface; you’ll clearly be able to spot the fleas or their droppings.
Treat the whole house, not just your pet
- When you’re trying to get rid of fleas, it is essential to treat both your pet and your home, as fleas can survive for many months without a host.
- You should clean bedding regularly and vacuum furniture, floors and skirting boards thoroughly to help destroy fleas at each stage of their life cycle – sometimes, just one clean doesn’t do the trick.
- It is also important to dispose of the vacuum bag straight away, as this prevents any flea eggs and larvae from developing.
Flea Preventation is Key
Monthly flea treatment should be administered to prevent your pet from catching fleas in the first place. It is always best to seek advice from your vet before choosing a flea treatment, as certain animals require different programmes.
Some products are not suitable for more than one species of fleas. For example, some dog flea treatments contain permethrin, an insecticide that is safe for dogs but highly toxic to cats. Ask your vet for advice first.