Pet Fleas and allergies

Fleas are tiny wingless insects that are very powerful and are extremely irritating to pets. Fleas not only cause extreme discomfort to pets but they can also cause disease. Fleas are parasitic insects that have piercing mouths that bite pets and feed on their blood. They have very strong stringy legs that allow them to move and jump about freely from one animal to another. What's worse yet, is that fleas can also be dangerous to humans and they can bring on diseases and allergies. Some dogs and cats are also allergic to the saliva that fleas deposit under their skin when they suck on their blood. Some pets become so irritated by the itch that they scratch their skin raw and this can then turn into serious allergy dermatitis, which then requires of veterinary attention.

Studies have been made that indicate that there are other very essential reasons allergy sufferers must be very careful with fleas. Flea eggs, body parts and debris can travel in the air and cause allergic reactions to people. It was actually observed that flea debris might even have as much of an impact on allergic people as pollen does.

Finding fleas: It can be quite difficult finding fleas, however there are ways of knowing if your pet has them. Simply separate your pet's hair to the skin and look closely. You can usually see them scurrying through the infected hair. Fleas like to hang out in certain areas of a pet's body such as their groins, under the back and front legs, on their head and behind their ears. If you don't manage to actually see them, you will be able to tell if your pet has them by looking to see if the pet has little black specks about the size of pepper on it's coat. These specks are flea dirt. To determine if it is indeed flea waste, just rub these onto a damp paper towel and smear to see if it turns a deep reddish brown color. Flea waste is this color because it contains digested blood from your pet. Another way to determine if your pet has fleas is by getting bit by fleas yourself. Fleas have a tendency to bite humans as well and their favorite spots are on the arms and legs, but mind you they can happen anywhere, especially in the case of pets that sleep with their owners. If one of your pets has fleas, there are very high chances the rest of the pets have them too.

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