Fleas are small wingless insects that can jump up to 1,000 times their own height. Adult fleas live permanently on the skin and feed on the blood of their hosts.
With our pets the “cat” flea, Ctenocephalides felis, is the most common flea species on both cats and dogs.
What problems do fleas cause?
- In young puppies or kittens heavy flea infestations can cause severe anaemia.
- Flea bites also cause skin irritation.
- Dogs and cats can develop Flea Allergy Dermatitis (FAD), which is an allergy to components of the flea saliva leading to scratching, licking and hair loss.
- Fleas can transmit tapeworm and other infectious disease agents.
How to Control Fleas on Your Pet
- ‘spot-on’ applications
- Palatable tablets
At Ou Kaapse Vet we can advise you which product will be of best benefit based on the number of pets you have, the behaviour of your animals (e.g. dogs that like to swim must use a product that can’t be washed off) and other factors.
If flea infestation is a severe problem in the house and fleas are also biting humans, an environmental treatment may be advisable.