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Fleas are all-too-common visitors to both cats and dogs. Contrary to many myths, they are equally at home in a clean house as a dirty one so you needn't be embarrassed to ask for help with controlling them. Over 1 million people in the UK are completely unaware that they live in the same house as a dog that has fleas*.
*Source - ESCCAP 2014
Flea bites can trigger an allergic reaction (most commonly in cats), resulting in hair loss and skin problems. Their skin will become red and inflamed and if aggravated may begin to ooze pus, which is not only incredibly painful but can lead to infection.
Fleas can drink up to 15 times their own weight in blood per day, so a heavy flea infestation can lead to iron deficiency and anaemia. Symptoms include pale gums, acting tired, weak, or listless, faster-than-normal pulse, lack of appetite, weight loss and eating dirt.
Scratching makes the itching worse and can result in fur loss and bleeding skin.
Fleas act as a host for tapeworm so a flea infestation often brings a Tapeworm infestation too. It's important to worm your pets on a regular basis, typically every three months.
Fleas can carry and spread diseases that affect both humans and animals.
The entire cycle, from egg to adult flea, is complete in 12 – 22 days when temperature and humidity conditions are ideal, but more commonly takes 3 – 4 weeks and that's enough.