Fleas are tiny parasites that love to feed on your pet’s blood. The bites cause irritation and this can effect you and your family as well.
These bites often leave your pet scratching, which can lead to irritation and allergies. If fleas reside on your dog, it can lead to more serious health problems and you could get fleas in your home.
What Are Fleas?
Fleas are small, wingless insects that, although unable to fly, can jump great distances. In order to survive, fleas need a warm-blooded feed, and they’re not picky eaters – most pets can get bitten by fleas, and unfortunately, humans are also at risk.
When Should I Start Flea Treatment For My Pet?
Your vet will help- advise you on when to start flea treatment, but for most cats and dogs they can recieve their first treatment at aroound six to eight weeks old. The exact age will depend on the type of flea treatment chosen and the weight of your pet.
Can Fleas Affect My Health?
Fleas are not very picky and are happy to bite an animal and humans, which can cause itching and skin pain.
Flea bites can also cause more problems than just itchy skin. Bartonella (also called cat scratch disease) can be transmitted by flea droppings; either by accidental ingestion or through small cuts in the skin. Causing a mild fever and swollen lymph nodes, a bartonella infection can often be mistaken for the flu and in many cases clears up on its own. Unfortunately, in some people, a bartonella infection can develop and cause fatigue, chronic headaches, and can become very debilitating.