Winter might be underway in a lot of areas of the world, but warmer weather is just around the corner and that means flea season. Or, you may be located in a region where temperatures remain high year round, where flea prevention and treatment is mandatory 12 months out of the year. Regardless if you’re a pet owner, fleas aren’t far from your mind. The crafty insect was built for survival, and often has already infiltrated your life and world long before you start to see its presence on your pet or in your home. If you’re a pet owner who has even had so much as a mild flea infestation, you know exactly what you don’t want to have happen come flea season.
But not only can fleas be an adversary to deal with, they can also cause harm to your pet if left unchecked. Flea bites are itchy and uncomfortable for pets and people, but many pets can be allergic to the bites where symptoms can be much worse. Excessive fleas on any animal can cause blood loss and anemia. Fleas can also carry tapeworms, which your pet can then swallow when licking or cleaning themselves, and that can mean tapeworm infestation in the intestines and digestive system. For humans, fleas can spread certain diseases, such as typhus and “cat scratch fever.” It was said that plagues have been spread by fleas in early dates of human history.
There are dozens of flea treatment options today, from collars to pills and topical products, all with the intent to help prevent and protect your pet from the insect. Many pet owners are unsure about which of these choices to make, and it’s often too late when you’ve learned something isn’t working.
Whether you’re about to enter flea season in your city, or are on alert all year, you can get help and information about flea treatments, prevention, and care from veterinarians on Kuddly. It can include whether or not natural treatments are ideal, if your pet may be having a reaction or other issue with treatment, and what treatments may have worked best for pet owners. Veterinarians on Kuddly can also help with tips and what to do if you have a flea infestation. All from the ease and convenience of your smart phone!