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Fortunately, checking your pet for fleas is very simple, and you only need a flea comb and a damp, pale sheet or kitchen paper (preferably white). And your pet of course.
Step 1: Lay the damp sheet or kitchen paper on the floor - as the sheet is reasonably damp but not soaking wet, you may wish to do this in a room with tiled floors such as your kitchen or bathroom, or even outside on a patio.
Step 2: Stand your cat or dog on the sheet - as you comb through your pet’s fur, you want any dirt to fall onto the sheet.
Step 3: Use the flea comb to firmly but gently comb deep into your pet’s coat – be sure to do this all over, but pay particular attention to the groin, armpit, neck and behind the ears. These are warm, moist areas which provide fleas with the ideal environment to reproduce.
Step 4: Check the sheet – as you’ve combed through your pet’s fur, specs of dirt will have fallen on the sheet. If pink/red circles form around the dirt, this means it is flea dirt. Flea dirt is flea faeces, and the pink/red circles that form is undigested blood from your pet.
Once you’ve identified a flea problem it is important to act immediately.
Depending on the severity of the flea infestation, it could take up to 90 days to get completely on top of it. In order to effectively fight a flea infestation there are two key things you need to remember: