Invasion of the Body Scratchers! Part 4: Fleas
12 CommentsMonday, 29 April 2013 | Kate
Last week we took a look at Ticks & Lice, which can be found here if you missed it, but now it’s time for the big one – Fleas, which are probably the most common kind of parasites for dog owners but which can feed from a large number of warm-blooded hosts.As we all know, and have probably seen first-hand, fleas are jumpers so they can get to our pets extremely easily. While there are many different species of fleas the main types we should be concerned with are: Ctenocephalides canis (dog fleas) and Ctenocephalides felis (cat fleas).
Ctenocephalides canis (dog fleas)
More bloodsuckers Iím afraid, these fleas can cause inflamed skin as a result of their bite as well as hypersensitivity. Flea allergies are common in dogs and they’re caused by an allergic reaction to the flea’s saliva as it bites the dog. The main reasons fleas jump onto dogs is to feed and lay their eggs; the resulting offspring will do the same and repeat the cycle. If left untreated then this will continue indefinitely until it is taken care of. You can tell if your dog has fleas because they cause severe itchiness (known as pruritus) and occasionally you might see a flea jumping.
Itching and scratching in dogs is the most common response to fleas and flea allergies as well as subsequent hair loss and scabbing of the affected areas. In some cases the damage done by fleas can be localised to certain areas of the dog or simply all over but it is dependent on the individual case.
Prevention is key because as well as causing problems of their own for your dog, fleas can carry tapeworm eggs which are far trickier to deal with. For continued long term results use Billy No Mates flea, tick and mite repellent to keep all parasites at bay.
Ctenocephalides felis (cat fleas)
These fleas have evolved to be best suited to feline hosts and while they can find hosts in a large number of other animals including humans and dogs they prefer cats. Cat fleas are similar to dog fleas in most respects: they live, feed (on blood) and breed on a host and their offspring do likewise. Interestingly cat fleas are the most common type of fleas found on dogs as well as cats.
These types of fleas can also carry tapeworm eggs so again prevention is very important. Flea allergies can also stem from these fleas in exactly the same way as dog fleas. The tricky thing about cats is that as they clean themselves they may eat any fleas they find during the process so you might not realise they have fleas. Cats can get just as itchy as dogs because of fleas however and could pass on the fleas to humans.
Billy No Mates Herbal Tincture is safe for both cats and dogs as an effective parasite control. Simply add to their food for continued protection against fleas and other parasites.
General First Aid & relief from itching and scratching
Ekoneem Organic Neem Oil Ė Contains Neem Oil which is a natural parasite exterminator derived from the neem tree. It helps to sooth wounds, sore spots, bites and redness and you can apply wherever it is needed except for the eyes and muzzle.
Ekoneem Shampoo Bar Ė Also contains Neem Oil and you can use it to get rid of parasites while youíre bathing your dog. It provides relief from itchy skin all over, itís a gentle product so itís safe to use around the eyes and muzzle.
Billy No Mates – Available as a dry herbal supplement or as a liquid tincture for your dogís preference. Itís great as a natural alternative to chemical pesticide treatments and keeps parasites such as mites, fleas and ticks away.
Yumega Plus – Combining a natural blend of Omega 3 & 6 oils derived from Golden Flax, Star Flower and fresh Salmon Oil. It is specially formulated to help relieve sensitive and itchy skin and support skin growth.