How to check your pet for fleas

How to check your pet for fleas

No one wants to discover their pet is infested with fleas, but the sooner you discover you have a problem, the sooner you can begin to get on top of it.

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.


My pet has fleas, what do I do now?

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:

  • You need to treat your home as well as your pet – 95% a flea infestation is in home, only 5% of the problem is on your pet.  Using an on-animal treatment may get rid of the fleas on your pet, but if you don’t treat your home as well, your pet will simply become reinfested from the fleas living in the environment.
  • Follow the instructions on your chosen flea treatment – in order to conquer your flea problem, it is essential you use the products correctly. If you don’t the treatment will not be as effective, meaning it will take longer to solve your flea problem. This is particularly important when it comes to on-animal flea treatments - do not repeat an on-animal treatment sooner than advised, doing so could cause you pet serious health problems. 

What can I do next?

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