How To Prevent Fleas in Dogs and Cats

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Why Does Your Dog Keep Getting Fleas?

Why Does Your Cat Keep Getting Fleas?

My Pet Itches But I Can't See Fleas

Prevention of Fleas

Fleas, those tiny, relentless creatures, can turn into a major annoyance for our beloved pets. Not only can they cause discomfort with their itchy bites, but they can also lead to more serious health issues if left unchecked. The key to keeping your furry friends flea-free is prevention. In this post we'll focus on why your dog or cat might keep getting fleas, what to do when your pet itches but you can't see fleas, and most importantly, effective strategies for preventing fleas in the first place. Let's get started by creating a comfortable and flea-free environment for your furry companions.

Why Does Your Dog Keep Getting Fleas?

Despite your best efforts, your dog might still end up with fleas. Here’s a few reasons why this might be happening:

  • Outdoor Exposure - Dogs are more likely to pick up fleas when they spend time outdoors, especially in areas where other animals or wildlife have left flea eggs behind.

  • Social Interaction - If your dog plays with other pooches or visits areas where other animals with fleas hang out, they are at a higher risk of picking up these pests from their furiends!

  • Lack of Effective Prevention - Not all flea preventatives are equally effective. If you're not using a reliable preventative product, your dog might still be susceptible to fleas. Using Itch Flea treatment each month is an effective way to protect your pets from the little suckers!

  • Even after successfully treating a flea infestation, it's possible for your dog to be re-infested if the environment is also not thoroughly cleaned and treated. 95% of fleas live in your environment, not on your pet. Kill the fleas in your home with Itch Flea Home spray!

Why Does Your Cat Keep Getting Fleas?

Cats are just as prone to fleas as dogs, and there are several reasons why your feline friend might keep getting fleas:

  • Outdoor Exploration - Cats are natural explorers, and their outdoor adventures can expose them to fleas from other animals or infested environments.

  • Shared Spaces - If you’re lucky enough to have multiple pets, it's possible for fleas to spread from one pet to another, even if only one pet is showing visible signs of infestation. And fleas can easily transfer between cats and dogs too!

  • Grooming Habits - Cats are meticulous groomers, which can make it harder to spot fleas. They might ingest fleas during grooming, making it difficult to identify the source of the problem.

  • Lack of Effective Prevention - You need to be using an effective, reliable flea treatment consistently for it to be super effective at preventing fleas in your feline friends! Itch flea treatment is delivered to your door each month so you’ll never miss a treatment and your pets will stay protected.

My Pet Itches But I Can't See Fleas

Itchy pets but no fleas can be a puzzle, especially when you can't spot any yourself. There are a few reasons why your pet might be itching even if you can't see the pests:

  • Flea Allergy Dermatitis (FAD)

    Some pets are highly allergic to flea bites. Just one bite can trigger intense itching and discomfort, even if you can't see the fleas themselves.

  • Mites or Other Parasites

    While fleas are a common culprit, other parasites like mites or ticks can also cause itching and discomfort. Itch Flea also protects your pets against fleas, ticks and biting lice.

  • Secondary Infections

    Continuous scratching can lead to skin infections, which can be equally itchy and uncomfortable for your pet.

  • Environmental Allergies

    Allergies to pollen, dust mites, or other environmental factors can lead to itching and skin irritation.

Prevention of Fleas

Prevention is the key to keeping fleas at bay. Here's how to create an effective prevention routine to control those fleas on your pets:

  • Use Reliable Products - Choose flea prevention products that are scientifically proven and recommended by vets; like Itch Flea Treatment for Cats and Itch Flea Treatment for Dogs!

  • Follow Instructions - It's super important to follow the instructions on flea prevention products carefully. Apply the correct dosage, administer at the right intervals, and use the appropriate product for your pet's size and species. A subscription to Itch Flea is tailored to your pet, so does all of the above automatically, and is delivered exactly when you need to apply, so you never forget.

  • Treat All Pets - If you have multiple pets, make sure to treat all of them at the same time, even if only one pet is showing signs of fleas. This prevents the pesky blighters from spreading between your pets.

  • Regular Grooming - This not only keeps your pet's coat healthy but also helps you spot any signs of fleas or skin issues early on, which could save you a lot of hassle down the line!

  • Maintain a Clean Environment - Fleas thrive in warm, humid environments. Regularly hoovering your home, washing your pet's bedding (at 60°C folks - no less!), and clean areas your pets spend a lot of time in to reduce the chances of infestation.

  • Flea-Proof the Garden - Keep your garden well-maintained to discourage wild animals that might carry fleas from entering your home and pet’s environment.

  • Year-Round Prevention - Fleas absolutely thrive in their peak season but remain a pesky problem year-round so it’s crucial to maintain your flea prevention all year round.

Preventing fleas in dogs and cats requires a proactive approach that involves understanding the flea life cycle (more info in this post!), the reasons behind infestations, recognising the signs of flea-related discomfort, and implementing effective prevention strategies.

Prevent Fleas with Itch

By choosing reliable flea prevention products, keeping up with regular grooming and maintaining a clean environment, you can create a flea-free haven for your furry companions. Remember that each pet is unique, so paying attention to their specific needs and behaviour is key to ensuring their comfort and well-being. With the right prevention plan tailored to your pet, you'll be able to feel confident to get up close and fur-sonal with your pets without the worry of those troublesome fleas.



Flea General

Everything you need to know about peak flea season...

As pet owners, we all know that fleas can be a pesky and persistent problem. These tiny parasites can infest our furry friends, causing discomfort and potential health issues if left unchecked. Fleas are most active during certain periods of the year, which we commonly refer to as the "peak flea season." Here, we dive into the crucial information you need to know about when fleas are most active, when they come out, and whether they prefer hot or cold weather conditions. Armed with this knowledge, you'll be better equipped to protect your beloved pets and your home from these bothersome critters.

Flea General

What is the Flea Lifecycle and How Can You Break It?

Fleas can turn into a massive headache for us pet owners. Understanding the flea lifecycle is crucial to effectively fighting off infestations and keeping your pets and home flea-free. Here we’ll look into the four stages of the flea lifecycle; egg, larvae, pupae and adult — and explore how you can break this cycle to eliminate these bothersome critters. Let's uncover the secrets of the flea lifecycle and learn how to reclaim a comfortable environment for both you and your furry companions.

Flea Treatment Issues

Why is my pet still scratching after applying a Flea Treatment?

Not all flea treatments are created equal. Itch Flea is a double action spot on treatment that not only contains Fipronil but also (unlike lots of other flea treatments), (S) Methoprene. This means that it not only targets the adult fleas feeding on your pets and kills them dead in 24 hours (and ticks in 48 hours), it also targets flea eggs and larvae, stopping the fast and furious flea life cycle dead in its tracks.

We asked in-house Itch vet, Dr. Zoe Costigan to give us the lowdown on why your cat or dog might still be scratching after applying a flea treatment to your pet. Here's what she had to say:

“It’s fairly normal for there to be a period of hyperactivity amongst the fleas as the active ingredients in a flea treatment take effect and this can cause an increase in your pet scratching. It should settle down after 24 hours. If after 24 hours your pet continues to scratch, there could be other things going on. Your pet could be flea-allergic, it could have a skin infection or a hormone imbalance, or other conditions which can lead to itchiness.”