Dog Flea Control & Treatment

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An unfortunate common health problem that wreaks havoc in your dog’s life is fleas. Flea control and treatment are therefore essential components of caring for your furry best friend. For more information on flea control visit www.virbac.com.au

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Dog Flea Control & Treatment

  1. 1. Flea Control & Treatment Essential components of caring for your furry best friend.
  2. 2. How Dogs Get Fleas Fleas are tiny parasitic insects that thrive in warm and humid environments. They need hosts like dogs and cats to complete their life cycle. Adult fleas from the environment or other animals jump onto your dog when he is taking a walk, visiting friends at the dog park or playing outdoors. And thus begins the flea infestation on your dog.
  3. 3. Why Immediate Flea Control is Critical A flea control prevention program for your dog is essential because the moment fleas find the host (your dog), they start feeding on blood, biting and feeding hundreds of times per day. The female flea lays eggs within 48 hours and lays up to 2,000 eggs in her lifetime to restart the lifecycle – a flea infestation can build up very quickly. Flea eggs fall from the dog into the environment, particularly in popular resting areas.
  4. 4. Once in the environment the flea eggs develop into larvae and pupae which are notoriously difficult to treat and provide a source of constant re-infestation of adult fleas. Always be alert for typical symptoms like constant scratching, biting and general discomfort. Unless the infestation is heavy, fleas may not be visible to the naked eye. It is essential to initiate flea treatment immediately before flea numbers increase and the environment becomes heavily infested with flea eggs, larvae and pupae.
  5. 5. Why Flea Treatment Is Important Flea treatment for dogs is important because fleas can cause: • Skin Infections – some dogs develop allergic reactions to the flea saliva resulting in intense itching, redness, loss of hair in patches, broken skin and secondary skin infections. • Anemia – fleas constantly suck your dog’s blood, and can cause severe and sometimes fatal anemia. • Tapeworm Infections – fleas can pass on tapeworm infection to dogs.
  6. 6. Lastly, dog flea treatment is important because you are in close contact with your pet and thus fleas can infect you and your family too.
  7. 7. How to Take Control of Fleas 1. Flea control in the environment Flea eggs fall from the dogs into the surroundings such as your carpet, bedding or the garden. Once in the environment the eggs hatch and eventually become adult fleas, ready to cause further infestation on your dog. Vacuuming carpets, washing pet bedding in hot water and treatment with household flea sprays are advisable for flea control, in addition to flea treatment applied to your dog.
  8. 8. 2. Flea control on your dog There are several products available on the market for dog flea control. Check with your veterinarian to find out which product they recommend. Dog flea treatment options include oral medications and line-on flea control products. Use flea prevention products which have some residual effect, to prevent re-infestation on your dog. Using spot-on flea control products once a month is recommended, to avoid flea infestation.
  9. 9. With the right combination of flea control strategies for your dog, they’ll be flea-free, happy and cheerful. For more information on flea control visit www.virbac.com.au
  10. 10. With the right combination of flea control strategies for your dog, they’ll be flea-free, happy and cheerful. For more information on flea control visit www.virbac.com.au

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