Flea life cycle

Unfortunately fleas have a remarkable facility and capacity to reproduce. It has been said in theory that ten adult females can produce a quarter of a million babies in one month and millions more by the second month! For each flea you find on your cat or dog, hundreds or thousands more are waiting to become adults within your house to then jump back onto your pet.

Flea prevention and treatment: Combating and getting rid of fleas can be quite an immense process but if you want to get rid of them it is necessary to not take any chances. You will need to treat your whole indoor environment immediately such as your furniture, bedding, curtains, etc. If your pet has been outside in the garden, you will also need to treat the lawn, patio and any other areas your pet has been in. If you own several pets you will need to give them the necessary treatment. There are many different types of flea control products and they come in many forms such as collars, sprays, powders, shampoos, foams, dips, sponge on, tablets etc. We suggest you first talk to your veterinarian before buying any of these products to find out what your best option is.

Many of the new topical and oral flea treatment medications are safer and easier to use and more potent than those that were available in times past.
There are some treatments which are effective up to a month or even longer and these come in plastic squeeze tubes, that you simply apply to your pets skin and which then go to work killing the adult fleas before they have a chance to lay more eggs. Others are administered orally and do not kill the fully matured fleas but rather the larvae and also last for about a month. Then there are the natural pyrethrins containing flea shampoos that are by far not only the most effective but also safest for your pet. Unfortunately these last products are made from an ingredient that can cause problems for allergy sufferers that are sensitive to plant allergens and so before using these products it is always best to speak first with your veterinarian.

In any case always follow the instructions on the flea treatment packages carefully and bear in mind that cats are not dogs and can in fact suffer adverse reactions to substances that are harmless to canines. Should you notice that your pet is having a negative reaction to some treatment that you are giving it, contact your pet's veterinarian immediately.

Allergic! Flea Life Cycle Infestations