- Skin irritation: Intense itching and scratching can result in hair loss.
- Flea allergy dermatitis: An unpleasant skin condition caused by an allergy to the flea's saliva.
- Tapeworm infestation: Fleas can carry tapeworm eggs inside their body. If a flea is accidentally ingested by your pet when they are grooming, they can become infested with tapeworm.
- Anaemia: Puppies and kittens are at the highest risk from anaemia due to persistent blood loss.
- Flea bites: Most commonly seen around the ankle and calf area, can cause itching and soreness.
- Disease transmission: Cat scratch disease (bartonella henselae) can be transmitted through fleas, casuing flu-like symptoms in humans.
How do you catch fleas?
It is rare for fleas to jump from one animal to another. Usually fleas shed into the environment such as a local park, you garden or a friend's house. Wild animals including foxes, hedgehogs and rabbits are common sources of fleas.
Carpets & Soft Furnishings
Fleas are very clever and can remain dormant in soft furnishings for many months. Only when they sense the warmth, carbon dioxide and vibrations caused by your pet do they hatch out and infest your animal.
Warmth created by our central heating systems can stimulate a dormant flea in the environment to hatch and infest your pet.
During the summer months, and particularly in the southern UK, conditions may be suitable for outdoor deployment of fleas, which adds to the challenge...