No doubt: fleas can be the torment of the life of a dog or cat and its owner. They’ve got six tiny legs and no wings, but may still tall dogs and cats in a single bound. Scientists have identified nearly 2,000 species of fleas, but ironically, is Ctenocephalides felis – the cat flea – which afflicts more dogs and cats.

Dogs and cats with fleas are a big problem. Fleas are blood suckers, and where you find one, you can be sure you will find more. Some dogs/cats are very sensitive to flea saliva, a single bite can be enough to start an unbearable itching caused by flea allergy dermatitis (FAD). In severe cases, the itching and scratching causes the skin to thicken and dog/cat hair loss. The bare skin is more vulnerable to bacterial infections.

In some cases, pet fleas can cause harmful bacterial infections. Knowing how to treat a dog/cat with fleas is very important. No matter flea control product you choose, always read and follow instructions precisely. All flea product (natural or synthetic) are poisons and if used incorrectly can be dangerous.

However, talk to your vet about options. It may be that any topical treatment works best for your dog or cat. Topical treatments affect the fleas in places where they live: on the outside of the body of dogs/cats. Take good care of your pet.

This post was written by Jeff H.

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