Flea Treatments for Cats in Naples
Fleas because they live in the environment, have the
ability to jump on any animal walking through their territory. Fleas prey on
wild and domestic animals, and perhaps even you. The natural environment of
fleas would be the great outdoors, but because many of us live with our pets, we
have expanded the environment of the fleas to our home. Furniture, carpeting,
baseboards, curtains reaching the floor, all provide an ideal jumping off point
for fleas once the have had a blood meal from your pet. That's right, the fleas
don't stay on your pet after they have obtained their nutrition they move to a
more suitable habitat for egg laying. In the deep dark pile of your carpet,
furniture trim and base boards the female flea may lay up to five thousand eggs
at once. This makes it easy for contagion of fleas by sheer numbers. Another
factor allowing for easy transmission of fleas throughout the environment is
they don't all hatch at once. There is a time related hatching methodology to
fleas' reproduction. So they hatch in One thousand strong waves.
Fleas do not live on your pet. Fleas inhabit the environment and hitch a
ride on your pet spreading the fleas' environment and population from outside to
inside your home. Fleas excrete on your pet and lay their eggs in your home. One
female flea can lay thousands of eggs in her lifetime. The flea eggs don't hatch
all at one time. The flea eggs of one female will hatch over a period of three
months provided no preventative products are used. There are some stages of flea
development that are resistant to insecticides. Fleas can cause itchy skin
allergies, skin infections and tapeworms. Flea prevention is available at All
Animals Clinic. Flea allergy treatment can be started quickly and effectively
depending on your pets' particular needs.
Flea saliva can cause the symptoms associated with flea allergies.
Fleas use chemicals in their saliva to penetrate your pets' skin. Pets usually
do not become allergic to the flea on them as much as the fleabite. Itching,
biting and hair loss can be periodic or constant are common symptoms of a
worsening flea infestation.. The pet's chewing and biting can be severe enough
to cause infections and open sores. Fleas can carry tapeworm. By chewing and
grooming at its hair coat your pet may ingest fleas resulting in tapeworm
infestation. After a pet in infested with tapeworms "rice" like pieces may be
seen in the stool. These segments are the reproductive tapeworm segments and
can also continue the lifecycle of fleas by becoming food for flea larvae. Flea
prevention is much easier than treatment for two parasitic infestations.
The detection of fleas can be done by lifting the hair over the base
of the tail, and looking for black specks and the scurrying or jumping fleas.
The black specs are known as flea dirt and are actually the fecal matter of
fleas. Fleas feed on the blood of their host and the excrement is this flea
dirt. When bathing your pet if a flea infestation is present the shampoo and
rinse water will runoff a reddish color. Teaching your pet to allow you to look
them over from head to tail regularly will enable you to easily detect any
abnormalities with your pet, including a flea infestation.
The treatment of fleas can be achieved by the use of soothing
oatmeal baths to relieve itching, topical products like Vectra 3D we find works
great in killing the fleas eggs and larvae. Pest control spays applied to your
home and yard will be necessary to break the life cycle of the flea. Oral flea
preventatives like Capstar safe and effective for pets of any age and can kill
off any mild reinfestation. In some cases of flea infestation when the body of
your pet has become so reactive to the flea saliva prolonged itching and
scratching may cause secondary skin infections If your pet has open sores, a
veterinarian may prescribe appropriate antibiotics and antihistamines.. Other
problems associated with flea infestations can be discussed with All Animals
Clinic Doctor and friendly staff.
Prevention of fleas is in warm climates is a year round
affair. Most flea infestation's cycle can be broken in three months. Treating
your home your pet and the outdoor area they stay in can be helpful in breaking
this cycle. Fleas prefer the low humidity and in southern climates may be worse
in the winter months than in the summer when heavy rain and high humidity reduce
the fleas reproductively.
More information can be obtained by contacting our office