Flea Control & Treatment

Fleas?

How can I tell if my pet has fleas?

If your cat or dog scratches itself more than usual, this will often be a clear indication of a flea infestation. Consequently, your cat or dog should be checked for presence of fleas in the fur using a flea comb. Place your pet on a newspaper and start combing. Long-haired breeds or animals with coats that are ruffled and tangled should be groomed with a brush before using the flea comb.

Adult fleas will be readily detected during combing as either the larger blackish-brown female fleas or the smaller male fleas. Pearly-white oval eggs (0.5 mm) and/or coffee grounds looking black flea feces may also appear.  Even though you do not find any fleas or eggs you can’t be sure that fleas are not present. If you want to be 100% certain you should collect the material from the newspaper under the pet. If fleas are present you should find their feces in this debris. Flea feces is dried blood so to distinguish the feces from sand or dirt, you can place the material on a moist piece of paper or cotton. If the debris colors the paper reddish-brown, feces from fleas are present.

Treatment is necessary straight away, so please consult your veterinarian. Remember that regular flea treatment is the best flea control measurement that you can take to avoid long drawn and annoying re-occurrences.

Flea Control & treatment

An effective and easy method to control flea problems is to treat your cat or dog on a preventive basis. Such treatments prevent fleas from multiplying themselves without any disturbances. Not treating could lead to their re-occurrence in great numbers and everywhere in the house. Therefore, flea prevention treatments should be given before any flea infestation occurs. Additional use of a flea trap will show if fleas are present in the surroundings.

If fleas are found on your cat or dog, it is important you start a flea treatment of the animal, immediately. Please note that not all products are suitable for both cats and dogs or puppies/kittens. Ask your vet about your options. In addition to a specific treatment of the pet, it is important to control the fleas in the surroundings. This may be done as follows:

  • Frequent and careful vacuum cleaning in all places, related to the pet, including couch cushions, cars, cellars, etc., preferably on a daily basis for 30 days
  • Washing the pet’s bed, blankets, etc. at min. 140°F/60°C
  • Placing one or more flea traps in your home

When your cat or dog is treated, the flea that jumps on your animal will die relatively fast. However, up to 3 months may pass, before the infestation is under control. In severe cases, this period may be prolonged.

If you wish to maximize flea prevention, you should use an effective flea trap to eliminate the presence in your home. Buy myFleaTrap® here – our safe and innovative flea trap.

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