Thursday, 23 May 2013

The Worry caused by Fleas

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Has the population of fleas around the UK increased? Those with pets in Britain are finding fleas a problem. Animal keepers have realized a fluctuation in the number of insect infestation of their animals especially pets. Many of them are attributing the fluctuation to some hybrid-type of fleas that is not responding to normal treatment.

Professionals have linked the concern to the mild winters and warm, wet summers. Animal keepers and pet owners have increasingly opted to shop online hence cases of inappropriate treatments of animals infested with fleas. Regardless, the experts still insist that the problem is because of the weather pattern. The pattern includes damp summers and mild winters. The houses are also constructed to provide an all year round warm and humid condition. Such conditions are conducive for the multiplication and survival of fleas.

Veterinary officers confirm that it is essential that all pet owners seek the right advice before buying any control products. The owners should also know the weight of their pets for proper dosage. Online shops might miss some requirements or not even give enough chance for questions. In addition, areas of flea infestation must be checked regularly to avoid situations of re-infestation. This is because fleas have a life cycle of up to one year in vacated areas.

At some stage in the life of a pet, for example a cat or a dog, fleas usually attack. This should not be a worry, as it is something normal, as it happens to many people and in many occasions.

No pet owner likes fleas but all of them understand that they are part of the diverse ecosystem and fleas infest pets. The fleas survive on blood and bite the skin to suck. Pets are irritated and become uncomfortable due to the bite. Even you as the owner, you can never be at peace when your pet is struggling. The bites can cause disease with the tapeworms transferred by the fleas.

Even the cleanest homes have a flea infestation as a problem, as pets transfer the fleas amongst themselves whenever they meet other animals. A pet that has fleas can be easily identified from the signs. Most of the time, when your pet is infested, it itches and crawls all the time. Fleas hide on the pet's skin, at home on the furniture and carpets.

If your animal constantly bites or scratches itself, you can look for flea droppings, which are brown or black. These can be found on the fur, at the base of the tail and the tail in general, on the neck, the armpit area and behind the ears. Try thorough brushing of the pet's skin while it is on a damp white sheet of paper. When brushing, if your pet has fleas the colored granules will be seen of the white paper. This gives you the surety to start treatment.

When you opt to follow a flea control and management program, it will help you keep fleas from your pet and your home. It involves treating to kill fleas and worms using tablets.