If you think your dog/cat has fleas, please treat 48 hours prior to an appointment,
if possible, with a product like frontline, this will allow it time to absorb into the skin before bathing. We will then remove all the eggs and dead fleas etc and shampoo with a flee shampoo, if required.
Please remember to treat your house too! Fleas love warm places so make sure your pets bedding is washed, and treated, otherwise your pet will come back and be reinvested.
There are a range of household flea sprays available for carpets/ rugs etc.
The dog flea is a species of flea that lives primarily on the blood of dogs. The dog flea is troublesome because it can spread. Although they feed on the blood of dogs and cats, they sometimes bite humans.
They can live without food for several months, but females must have a blood meal before they can produce eggs. They can deliver about 4000 eggs on the host's fur.The eggs go through four lifecycle stages: embryo, larva, pupa,
and imago (adult). This whole life cycle from egg to adult takes from two
to three weeks, although this depends on the temperature. It may take longer in cool conditions.
The dog flea's mouthparts are adapted for piercing skin and sucking blood. Dog fleas are external parasites, living off the blood of dogs. The dog often experiences severe itching in all areas where the fleas may reside.
Fleas do not have wings and their hard body is flattened from side-to-side and has hairs and spines, which makes it easy for them to travel through hair. They have relatively long hind legs for jumping.
Flea infestations can be not only annoying for both dogs and humans but also very dangerous. Problems caused by fleas may range from mild to severe itching and discomfort to skin problems and infections.
When fleas bite humans they may develop an itching rash with small bumps that may bleed. This rash is usually located on the armpit or fold of a joint such as the elbow, knee, or ankle.
When dogs are troubled by fleas they scratch and bite themselves, especially in areas such as the head, neck, and around the tail. Fleas normally concentrate in such areas. This incessant scratching and biting may cause the dog's skin to become red and inflamed. A visit to your Vet is recommended in these cases.
What are dog fleas?