Fleas are absolutely annoying, however, that is not their worst quality! An infestation of fleas is not always obvious, especially if you’ve never dealt with one before. Here are some excellent tips to help determine if you, your furry friends or both have fleas.
Fleas seek out the perfect opportunity to use our pets blood as a food source. They make their way onto your pets by jumping or crawling and then proceed to take up residence in hard to reach and see places. Fleas commonly reside in or on places like the head, neck, tail, armpits or groin of your animals. If you notice your pets licking, biting or scratching excessively in these places you’ve likely got a flea problem on your hands.
Red Patches of Skin
Flea bite saliva can cause an allergic reaction in some cats and dogs. You may notice abnormal red spots, rashes or lesions on parts of your pet’s skin which are an allergic reaction to flea bites. These rashes are not necessarily in the place where the occurred either; they can spread throughout the body of your pets.
Hair loss can be caused by a reaction to flea bites in your pets. Some animals may even pull out some of their own hair because they are excessively licking and biting to try to stop the itching. If you notice spots on your pet that are missing hair, be sure to have them checked out.
A common side effect of anemia is pale gums in your pet’s mouth. It would take an excessive infestation to cause anemia, however, it’s important to be aware of the possibility. When anemia occurs, the amount of new red blood cells produced by your pet cannot keep up with the loss of blood they are experiencing at the hand of the fleas.
If you suspect your pet has fleas, keep an eye out for small black or reddish-brown specks on your pet’s body or areas they spend a lot of time in in your home. This flea “dirt” is actually made of flea feces composed of digested blood (yuck!).
Treating your pets for fleas is the responsible thing to do as a pet owner and the moment you suspect trouble be sure to seek assistance. Premier Pest Management is dedicated to providing you with valuable information to protect all members of your family, including the furry ones.