Did you know a single flea can produce over 150 eggs in one week and approximately 50% of these will be female?
This means you need to act fast when you see just one flea on your pet. Because one flea can quickly turn into 100. Let’s take a look at 5 things to consider when choosing flea treatments.
What Is A Flea?
A flea is a small blood-thirsty creature constantly in search of tasty hosts. Fleas are able to cling to their hosts with strong pincers and leap faster than your eye can follow. The flea’s bite leaves behind red irritated spots you just want to rub raw to stop the itching.
Illness and Epidemic
The flea can transmit many illnesses and parasites to its hosts, including:
Cat Scratch Fever
The flea brings with it the possibility for illness in both human and animal. The flea was also the bringer of death to millions during the Bubonic Plague of the 14th century.
What Should I Consider When Choosing Flea Treatments?
We suggest taking these 5 factors into account when picking which flea treatment is right for your pet.
1. How Bad is the Flea Infestation?
You’ll want to consider whether the fleas are confined to one pet right now, or do you have 8 pets covered in fleas? Fleas multiply at an alarming rate, and a few on your cat now can mean well over a hundred tomorrow.
Be sure to check your bed, couch and carpet. If you see any in your house away from your pet, the population will only grow from there. If anyone in your household has been bitten, the flea families are bigger still.
In the case of a few fleas on one of your animals, you can choose to give them a flea bath or a dip at the vet. But if the fleas have shifted to inhabiting your rugs or sheets, you’ll want to treat the whole house and your pet at the same time.
2. How Long Will The Flea Treatment Protect My Pet?
We know that different flea treatments protect at different rates. Prescription flea treatments often safeguard longer than the over-the-counter treatments.
Be sure you know how often you should treat your home or reapply the flea treatment. Read the label thoroughly, so you don’t have to go through a second infestation because there were a few stragglers that might’ve been taken out by a second round of treatment.
3. Should I Use a Flea Collar?
Flea collars are popular because they’re easy to use and aren’t messy. They typically provide 6-7 months of protection against fleas. Consider whether your pet has a tendency to tolerate wearing things like a collar or doggy clothes. If your pet routinely pulls these things off, a flea collar may not be your best option.
4. Should I Try Tablets?
Tablets are convenient and simple to put in with your pet’s food or with a spot of peanut butter. However, if your pet has a sensitive stomach or a habit of vomiting, you may want to try other options.
5. Should I Consider Topical Treatments?
Topical application is usually the quickest fix as it immediately attacks fleas at all levels of development and protects for 30 days or more. Many people don’t care for the scent or greasiness. If your pet is known for leaping into lakes or rolling around in stuff, this option may not be the right one for you.
Keeping Your Pet Healthy and Happy
Fleas infest quickly, reproduce rapidly and take over whole homes. You’ll want to consider all your options before settling on a flea treatment. For more information on flea treatment, set up an appointment with Henderson Animal Hsopital.