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In this article, we'll embark on a journey to understand the intricacies of flea bites, explore the telltale signs, and equip you with the knowledge to spot these tiny intruders. So, grab a cuppa, settle in with your pet, and let's unravel the itchy mysteries of flea bites together.
These wingless insects are masters of agility, leaping from host to host with ease. If you’re not very familiar with this foe, click here to get to grips with the basics of fleas like their lifecycle, how to get rid of them and how to prevent them. Now we can tackle the question, do they really bite, and if so, what does their bite look like? Let's dig in.
In short, yes, fleas do bite. Fleas are blood-feeding insects, and their bites can cause a range of discomfort for our beloved pets. While humans are not their preferred hosts, fleas won't hesitate to take a nibble if the opportunity presents itself. So, if your pet is scratching furiously, it's time to investigate those bites.
Small, Red Bumps - Flea bites typically appear as small, red bumps on the skin. The bites are often surrounded by a reddened halo, indicating irritation.
Clusters of Bites - Fleas don't usually stop at a single bite. They're notorious for feeding in clusters, leaving behind a series of bites close to each other.
Intense Itching - One of the key indicators of a flea bite is the intense itching it provokes. Pets may scratch, bite, or lick the affected areas excessively in an attempt to relieve the discomfort.
Preference for Certain Areas - Fleas have their favourite spots. On dogs, bites are commonly found around the base of the tail, the abdomen, and the back. On cats, fleas often target the neck and head.
Scabbing and Hair Loss - With persistent scratching, flea bites can lead to scabbing and hair loss in the affected areas. This can be a visible sign that your pet is dealing with flea bites.
Check the Hotspots
Start by inspecting the areas where fleas prefer to feast. Lift your pet's fur and examine the base of the tail, abdomen, back, neck, and head.
Look for Red Bumps
Flea bites are often small and red. Use a fine-toothed comb to part your pet's fur and look for any signs of red bumps or clusters of bites.
Observe Scratching Behaviour
If your pet is scratching excessively, pay attention to the areas they're focusing on. Redness, swelling, or signs of discomfort could indicate flea bites.
Check for Scabbing and Hair Loss
Inspect your pet's skin for any scabs or areas of hair loss. These could be the aftermath of persistent scratching in response to flea bites.
Use a Flea Comb - A flea comb is a handy tool for spotting these elusive insects. Comb through your pet's fur, paying close attention to the comb's teeth for any signs of adult fleas or their droppings.
Look for Flea Dirt - Flea dirt, the faeces of fleas, is a telltale sign of their presence. It looks like small, dark specks and may appear on your pet's skin or in their bedding.
Monitor Behavioural Changes - Watch for changes in your pet's behaviour. Excessive grooming, restlessness, or a sudden aversion to certain areas may indicate a flea infestation.
Inspect Bedding and Living Spaces - Fleas don't limit themselves to your pet's fur. Check your pet's bedding and the areas where they spend time for signs of fleas or flea dirt.
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Use A Preventative Flea Treatment - Prevention is always better than cure… Itch Flea Treatment for dogs and Itch Flea Treatment for cats are vet approved, spot-on treatments which kill all adult fleas within 24 hours and halt fleas at all other life stages!
Flea Comb - Use a fine-toothed flea comb to carefully comb through your pet’s fur, removing adult fleas and eggs. Remember to comb in the direction of hair growth.
Treat Your Home - 95% of fleas live in the environment and not on your pet, so treating you home is also vital. Itch Flea Home Spray kills fleas, ticks and lice AND halts the development of flea eggs and larvae for up to 12 months - win!
Grooming - Regular grooming, including brushing and combing, can help remove adult fleas, eggs, and flea dirt (flea faeces) from your dog's coat.
Whether it's the small, red bumps, clusters of bites, or the telltale itching, being vigilant allows you to take timely action and restore the peace in your pet's haven. So here's to a scratch-free, itch-free haven for both you and your beloved companion.
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