Parasite Control

At one point in a pet’s life, they will typically experience a problem with fleas. Even in the neatest, cleanest home Rover or Fluffy can develop a flea infestation. The key to flea control is prevention.

 

How do I know if my pet has fleas?

 

Fleas are small (1-2mm) laterally compressed brownish-black insects that scurry quickly through your pet’s fur. They can jump and move quickly and are often hard to detect. The best place to see them is on the abdomen where the fur is less dense or around the base of the tail. Often the only sign of fleas you will notice is flea dirt (small blackish granules that is actually the feces of the flea). If you want to be sure the black material you are finding on your pet is flea dirt, place some on a white, moistened tissue. Flea dirt (which is partly digested blood) will quickly turn the tissue around the black flea dirt a dark red colour.

Often the only sign of fleas you will notice is flea dirt (small blackish granules that are actually the feces of the flea). If you want to be sure the black material you are finding on your pet is flea dirt, place some on a white, moistened tissue. Flea dirt (which is partly digested blood) will quickly turn the tissue around the black flea dirt a dark red colour.

 

How did so many fleas get in my house?

 

Cats and dogs pick up fleas from other pets on their travels. Adult fleas can reproduce as soon as they take a blood meal. If the conditions are optimal a female flea can lay 10 to 15 eggs daily. The eggs develop into adult fleas in as little as 2 weeks. At this rate the flea population quickly explodes, and huge numbers will be found on the pet and in its environment.

 

How can I prevent my pet from getting fleas?

 

There are several products on the market that are very effective in controlling and eliminating flea infestations. At Banks Animal Hospital we recommend Revolution as our first choice in the war against fleas. Revolution is a topical flea control product and is effective within one day of treatment, and will continue to protect your pet for an entire month. It has the added benefit of controlling Heartworm, Intestinal worms, and earmites as well as sarcoptic mange. At Banks Animal Hospital we suggest starting your pet on flea control in as early as March or April depending on current weather and continuing up to November.