We all love when warmer weather starts to occur during the spring and summer, but with that; pesky parasites such as fleas will also emerge. Fleas eggs from previous years can stay dormant through the winter in places such as your summer retreat at the cottage. With the proper temperatures, vibrations of our movement, light and carbon dioxide (from us breathing out) they will start to hatch and what you thought was last year’s flea problem, will arise once again! It is important to properly treat for fleas, so this vicious cycle can be put to an end.
What are fleas?
Fleas are external parasites that feed off of the blood and skin of your cat. They can be picked up either from the environment or from contact with other animals. It is important to contact us if you think your cat may have fleas, so we are able to select the appropriate medication to help get rid of the flea infestation while keeping your cat safe.
How do fleas harm cats?
In order for fleas to survive and reproduce, they will take a blood meal from your cat. If the flea infestation is substantial enough, it could actually cause your cat to become anemic and extremely ill. Flea saliva can also create a reaction in your cat’s skin, causing them to be itchy. Itching is the most common sign of a flea infestation. Fleas also have the potential to transmit tapeworm to your cat.
Why is treating and preventing fleas so important?
To end the cycle of fleas, it is important to properly treat both your cat and their environment. Once you have discussed your lifestyle with one of our veterinarians, they will be able to prescribe you a treatment and protocol to follow, to eradicate your cat’s flea infestation. Keeping your cat on monthly prevention is also imperative to ensure the infestation doesn’t occur again, or at all. As if the flea infestation isn’t enough, they also have the potential to cause allergic reactions, transmission of tapeworms, and with heavy infestations, even anemia, which can cause your cat to become quite ill. Remember, with every adult flea you see on your cat, there is the potential to have as many as 45 eggs ready and waiting to hatch and jump on your cat.
Simple steps for treating fleas in your senior cat?
After a consultation with one of our veterinarians, they will be able to prescribe the best-suited prevention for your cat’s needs.