All cats and dogs are susceptible to flea infestations. Some symptoms to look out for are excessive scratching, scabs and dark specs known as “flea dirt,” and in extreme cases, lethargic behaviors and pale lips and gums (TWC).
- Regularly vacuum any place your pets spend time in your house, as carpet provides a perfect habitat for immature fleas – any bedding or blankets your pets come into contact with should also be washed regularly
- If you have multiple cats or dogs, treat them at the same time for fleas since they can pass from pet to pet – this will help ensure that fleas won’t have an animal to act as the host agent
- Take extra care if you live in an area that has a higher prevalence of fleas
- Given that flea eggs can survive for up to one year without hatching, pet owners should not only treat pets year round but also treat them for life
- Because fleas can take up to eight months to reach adulthood, it is important to use a monthly preventive product that can kill fleas at all life stages