One of the responsibilities of a pet owner is to keep their four legged friends clear of the parasites that can infest them and cause them illness and suffering. One of the most pernicious is the dreaded flea.
For its tiny size the flea – of which there are different varieties – can cause no end of misery to your dog or cat. While this should be obvious in the case of the horrendous infestation in the video below, in some cases it takes only very few fleas to cause severe itching in cats or dogs who have an allergy to the flea saliva.
Called Flea Allergy Dermatitis the poor creature who is susceptible to the antigens in the flea saliva will scratch themselves constantly. They will lose hair and their skin will become scabby and ulcerated. Remember all this from only a few flea bites!
In a severe case, the animal may develop anemia from the loss of blood and suffer skin infections and failure to thrive.
Over the Counter Flea Products
Preventative products like Frontline and Advantix are available over the counter and given in regular doses throughout the year and there are also various flea dips and baths available for home treatment.
If treating a lesser flea infestation at home yourself remember you must treat the environment too as the fleas will jump off the cat or dog to lay eggs in cracks in the floor, pet’s bedding and furniture. ALso do be wary of the prooduct you are buying to ensure that it is appropriate for your pet. The chemicals in some flea dips intended for dogs are toxic to cats. The sizr e of the pet is also a factor so be sure to read all instructions. Twice!
In the following video, you can see a flea infestation that has gotten completely out of hand. The rusty red water is not that color from mud. That is blood and illustrates well just how serious the blood loss can be with a severe flea infestation.