Flea Removal – Debunking the Myths of Fleas on Cats and Dogs
Effective pet flea control starts from a thorough understanding of the type of pets you have, fleas life cycle, and all about parasitic infestation. A successful flea removal regime involves more than application of flea and tick medicine on your pets. There are many myths that many owners do not know or have common misconceptions which will be put to correction here.
Fleas are most common in home pets like dogs and cats. A lot of owners do not feel that their pets are prone to these parasites and stubbornly believe that even in infestation, they can be easily gotten rid of. These fallacies could well cost the health and even in some cases, the life of their beloved pets due to their sad ignorance. Indeed, the problems brought about by these parasites could be extensive to say the least.
You might think that your pets are healthy and hence not subject to parasitic infestation. This is however, not true as any animal can be infested but keeping them clean and healthy with effective pet flea control measures in place are all activities that owners should do.
Also, keeping strays away from your own dogs and cats could greatly help fight against infestation. Hence, the myth that your dog or cat can only be infested if it goes outdoors is debunked. In addition, fleas are great are hitch hiking and can easily move around even in areas of small openings.
So if you see only a few fleas jumping around on the fur of your dog or cat, you might think that that is no cause for infestation worry. Well, you could be very wrong about it. It is often only the tip of the ice berg and the reality of the situation could be much more serious than you expect.
The main reason is that these parasites are capable of multiplying extensively at a speed of 50 eggs per flea per day. Imagine if your pet has about 50 fleas on it, you will be faced with an infestation within a matter of a few days or weeks depending on how conducive the breeding environment is. Often, the eggs are well hidden away deep into skin and fur of the animal where the right amount of warmth and humidity form the best conditions for incubation.
Stay tuned for the next part of the series Flea Removal – Debunking the Myths, where you will learn more about the true meaning of pet flea control which is not simply applying your flea and tick medicine every time you see a few of those jumping parasites.