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Fleas on Your Pets?
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Fleas on Your Pets Aussie Pet Mobile Can Help

When pet owners are asked what they dread most about the coming of Spring and Summer, the topic that invariably comes up most is fleas!

Fleas on dogs and cats! These small dark brown insects prefer temperatures of 65-80 degrees and humidity levels of 75-85 percent – so for some areas of the country, they are more than just a “spring & summer” problem.

Dogs and cats often get infested with fleas through contact with other animals or contact with fleas in the environment. The strong back legs of this insect enable it to jump from host to host or from the environment onto the host. (Fleas do not have wings, so they cannot fly!) The flea’s bite can cause itching for the host but for a sensitive or flea-allergic animal, this itching can be quite severe and leads to hair loss, inflammation, and secondary skin infections. Some pets, hypersensitive to the flea’s saliva, will itch all over from the bite of even a single flea!

The flea information presented here will focus on the treatment for and prevention of fleas, which, let’s face it, is just as important to the pet as it is to the pet’s caretakers!

How do you know if fleas are causing all that itching? Generally, fleas can be seen scurrying along the surface of the skin. Dark copper colored and about the size of the head of a pin, fleas dislike light so looking for them within furry areas and on the pet’s belly and inner thighs will provide your best chances of spotting them.

Look for “flea dirt” too. “Flea dirt” looks like dark specks of pepper scattered on the skin’s surface. If you see “flea dirt”, which is actually flea feces and is composed of digested blood, pick some off the pet and place it on a wet paper towel. If after a few minutes the tiny specks spread out like a small blood stain, it’s definitely “flea dirt” and your pet has fleas!

If your pet is in your home and has fleas then fleas are in your home too!  Fleas start to lay eggs within 1 to 2 days after their first feeding.  Eggs can mature into adult fleas in just over 2 weeks.  In less than a month, the fleas in your home can cause a real infestation.  Even if you get the fleas off your pet, if they are in your home, it won’t be long before they hitch a ride on your dog or cat and multiply even faster. When you see signs of fleas, don’t wait, act immediately.  Here are some suggested steps:

  1. Call your Vet, tell them your pet has fleas and make an appointment.  The Vet can test for heartworm and then prescribe an oral medication that will kill the adult fleas in just a few hours.  They can also prescribe a monthly oral medication that will prevent fleas from being fruitful and multiplying.
  2. Depending on the size of your home and the make-up of your family, you can either call a local pest control company that specializes in fleas or head to the hardware store for no-mess flea foggers.  You must treat the fleas in your home or they will continue to multiply.
  3. Call your local Aussie Pet Mobile at 1-800-PET-MOBILE or go to www.AussiePetMobile.Com to book an appointment.  Please be sure to tell them that your pet has had fleas and the steps you’ve taken with your Vet.  Your locally owned Aussie Pet Mobile will send out their professional Groomers who can remove the fleas and groom your pet.  If your pet’s skin has been irritated our amazing Hot Aloe Spa Re-Moisturizing Treatment will help your pet feel ever so much better.

If you spot fleas in your house or on your pet….Don’t Wait!  Call Aussie Pet Mobile today!