All it takes is just one flea…
Fleas are extremely common parasites among dogs and cats. Fleas bite their host animal and suck the blood for nutrition, leaving saliva behind under the pet’s skin. Recent scientific studies have shown that flea saliva contains around 15 different allergens – making life very uncomfortable for unfortunate dogs and cats! For some animals, all it takes is just one flea to set up a flurry of scratching and discomfort – also affecting the condition of your poor pet’s coat!
Fleas flourish in moist, warm conditions and are often a problem in the coastal areas. Each female flea will lay 20 eggs at each time which means that in her lifetime she will lay between 400 and 500 eggs (1 flea has the potential to produce 500 fleas!!!!!) During unfavorable conditions such as cold winters the pupae stage of the lifecycle may survive for several months and the adult flea can also go without a blood meal for several months, (no wonder these are tough little critters to get rid of)
As if causing itchy, painful bites on your pet wasn’t bad enough, these jumping insects also transmit tapeworm. So, remember to de-worm your pet at the same time as treating for fleas. See PetAlive Parasite Dr.TM for more information.
The natural way
The obvious first step is to do as much as possible to keep your pet flea free. To get to the root cause of this condition it is important to rid your pet of fleas entirely. As a conscientious, holistic pet owner you are no doubt aware of the potential side effects of using topical pesticides on your furry friend in order to control fleas.
Unfortunately when your pet has a bad reaction to flea bites, the pesticide is the lesser evil as all the FleaDerm in the world will bring your pet no relief if those pesky fleas keep on biting. Please use a veterinary prescribed flea repellent (preferably one that is bad for the fleas but not for your pet!) and follow directions closely.
Certain herbs and other natural ingredients have been used by herbalists for thousands of years and can be of great benefit to your pet. These remedies can help to soothe the skin and support skin health without the risk of side effects, making them a safe solution for your pet.
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