As the weather gets cooler your Pet's body temperature starts heating up and becoming a shiny beacon for all kinds of parasites. The most annoying and hardest to get rid of is the dreaded flea. During this time of the year pet owners are hit hardest with the uncontrollable itching and scratching done by their beloved pet, and some pet parents have no clue it's fleas until it's almost too late. We need to stay one step ahead during this time of the year and make sure our fur babies are protected from not only the itching and scratching but also the possible re-occurrence of an infestation next year. If you haven't seen any fleas, flea bites, or what is called flea dirt on your cat or dog then you are in luck and can get started right away on flea preventative such as Nexgard or Cheristin. However, if you have seen a flea or the tale tell signs of flea dirt then it's time for strict protocols and consistent bathing with the right shampoo.
Here at Acre Hill we strive to inform pet parents as much as possible, but the most record breaking conversation is that of fleas and the flea life cycle. Like any insect the flea starts out as an egg, moves into it's larva stage while feasting and growing, before changing into a pupae stage and finally into an adult flea. Now these individual life cycles can last any where from a few days to a few years even depending on the right environment, so it's time to take charge for both your pets healthy and your own.
After even just one adult flea has been seen you can be very confident that there are thousands if not hundred of thousands of eggs and larva stages on your pet and in the environment. So not only do you have to treat your pet but you also have to bring in the big guns and exterminate your whole house! Depending on the severity of the infestation the exterminator may have to come out two if not three times before you can be confident that your house is flea free. So once the house is taken care, or in the process of being taken care of, how do you go about getting your pet happy and healthy again? Simple solutions are that of prescription shampoos and flea dips as well as combining those with prescription medication such as Nexgard or Cheristin, some Veterinary Clinics also offer the Program injections for cats if the topical solution isn't quite what you're looking for. Many times once the house has been taken care of and the pet has been bathed and dipped in the prescribed medications then it is typically recommended that the pet stay on the prescribed flea and tick preventative even after the flea season is over, especially since the flea can lay dormant for up to two years without a host.
So pet parents be aware and if you even have an itch that the fleas have come knocking on your door don't hesitate to contact your local Veterinarian and send those fleas straight to their maker immediately!