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Pet Risks Posed by Fleas: How Pest Removal Services Can Protect Your Pet’s Health

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Fleas are a nuisance. Not only do they irritate your pets, but they can irritate you as well with their bites and dander. However, a flea infestation is more than just an irritant, but poses a serious health risk to your pets. Fleas transmit diseases as well as other parasites that can harm the overall wellness of your pet and possibly be fatal. Here are some pet diseases that can be caused or transmitted through fleas.

1. Anemia
Fleas can cause anemia or a significant amount of blood loss in pets over time, since fleas can consume 15 times their own weight in blood. This can be especially problematic for young puppies, as an adequate number of red blood cells is crucial, and can be life-threatening if compromised.

2. Flea Allergy Dermatitis
A flea infestation can cause an allergic reaction in your pets. Your dog or cat can experience intense itching and discomfort, generalized hair loss, reddened skin, hot spots, and scabs. Flea allergy dermatitis often leads to skin infections as well.

3. Plague
This is the same disease that riddled Europe during the Middle Ages. Though it is no longer common for humans to catch the plague, pets can still be infected. If a flea had previously bitten an infected animal then it can easily infect your dog or cat. Pets that catch the plague will have symptoms such as fever, swollen lymph nodes, and can possibly die suddenly.

4. FPV (Feline panleukopenia virus)
FPV is a viral infection that infects cats, and can be spread through contact with an infected animal’s bodily fluids as well as by fleas. FPV attacks the lining of the intestines, causing ulcers, bloody diarrhea, malnutrition, anemia, and often death. FVP is highly infectious and has a high mortality rate amongst cats.

5. Cat Scratch Disease
Cat Scratch Disease does not negatively affect cats, but can put their owners at risk. Fleas pass CSD from one cat to another, and close to 40% of cats will carry the disease at some point in their lives. CSD passes to humans when infected flea feces is transferred from the pet to their owner through a bite or scratch, and can cause fever, headaches, fatigue, and general illness.

6. Tapeworms
Fleas can infect your pet with tapeworms if your dog or cat eats a flea that is carrying tapeworm eggs inside its body. Once inside your pet, the tapeworm hatches and attaches itself to your pet’s intestines. This can cause excessive weight loss, vomiting, and irritation.

If your pet is infested with fleas, then you should take the following precautions to rid your pet and your home of the infestation.

Part 1: Treat Your Pet

-Bathe your pet using a gentle shampoo or a commercial flea dip. After the bath, comb your pet with a flea comb.
-Treat your pet with oral and topical medication such as Frontline and Advantage.
-Wash your pet’s bedding as well as any cloth items that have been on the floor. Do this all at the same time, removing everything at once and keeping clean items wrapped in bags for 12 hours after you’ve treated your house.

Part 2: Treat Yourself and Your Home

-Clean your floors thoroughly. Vacuum all carpets, rugs, and upholstery and mop all smooth floors with a cleaning agent.
-Purchase flea control spray or fogger. Make sure to purchase product that also kills flea eggs, and if using a fogger, purchase enough to bomb the entire square footage of your home. Spray your carpets, rugs, furniture, and along walls. Don’t forget corners, edges, and underneath furniture and cushions. If you are unsure of the amount needed, or want to ensure treatment is done correctly, hire professional pest removal services.
-Spray your house again two weeks after the first treatment to kill any new fleas that might have emerged from their cocoons.

After the initial treatment of your home, you can find many home remedies on the internet, such as sprinkling salt on your carpets, which claim to protect your home from reinfestation. However, most of these home remedies require a certain amount of time and effort while only producing minimal and unreliable results. The best option for making sure that your house is truly rid of fleas and protected from reinfestation is to employ pest removal services. A professional in the business knows exactly how to address a flea infestation and how to overcome the aggravating tenacity of fleas and their tendency to reinfest. By hiring pest removal services, you save yourself time and effort by allowing professionals to handle the job. Furthermore, you have the peace of mind that you are taking all the necessary steps to ensure that fleas don’t potentially endanger the health of your pet. So if you’re seeing fleas on your pet, get out the flea shampoo, and contact your nearest Vancouver pest removal services to get the job done.