Flea Q & A – Frequently asked questions about dog fleas

Unfortunately all dogs will have either  worms, ticks or fleas at some stage in their life. Many owners think that if their pooch contracts fleas that it’s their fault and that maybe they weren’t providing a clean environment for their pet. Our Favour team would like to put all those dog-loving minds at rest. We’ve listed some of the most common queries about fleas and provided some tips for you to help prevent, treat and defend against those pesky mites!

How do I know if it’s fleas?

If you find your pooch constantly scratching or biting their rear end or tail take a closer look for dry skin. Little black specks found on the skin may indicate flea faeces. To be sure remove one of the dark specks and place on a tissue paper. When dripped with water faeces will turn pink indicating the blood that is present and that your pooch has fleas. If you are in any doubt please visit your veterinarian who will be able to diagnose your little friend then and there.

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How did my dog get fleas?

Firstly – don’t blame yourself! Canny fleas can come into contact with your pooch in many different ways. Other animals, wild or tame, can be carriers of fleas and ticks. Humans themselves can be carriers of fleas from another’s home or pet. Pet owners who love the countryside and long walks qualify as great carriers for fleas who will latch onto your trouser leg, sock or shoe. Even a visit to the vet can open up your four legged friend to a whole world of fleas. In short, it’s tremendously difficult to prevent fleas without using preventative treatments.

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Does it hurt my pooch?

Flea bites can be itchy and painful if not treated quickly. Some pets can develop an allergy to fleas which will result in patchy hair loss, red skin or scabs in the affected areas. The more aware you are to your pet’s changes in behaviour the quicker you can get to work towards the treatment of these fleas in order to ease your doggie’s distress.

How do I treat fleas?

Effective flea treatment will involve the treatment of your dog and your home. Vacuum your home thoroughly focussing on shady areas such as underneath the sofa and below the curtains. Hoovering you home can remove up to 50% of flea eggs so when you’ve finished hovering please dispose of the hoover bag safely and away from your home. Wash cushions and bedding materials on a high temperature wash with detergent in order to kill fleas. To kill any remaining adult fleas in your household you may want to purchase a product that contains an adulticide and an insect growth regulator, often found in powder or spray form for easy application.

Now that you’ve treated your home it’s time to treat your four legged friend.

Thankfully there are a number of good effective products available, for our full range of flea products please get in touch – please always follow the instructions on pack.

If you have any concerns please contact your local veterinarian.

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How do I prevent fleas?

It is a universal fact that prevention is better than cure. Use an effective flea treatment all year round in order to ensure the best protection. Most treatments can be applied at the back of the neck and between the shoulders, each treatment provides protection against fleas for up to 8 weeks and protects from ticks by up to 4 weeks.

Also try investing in a flea collar which will provide protection for up to five months without the need for topical lotions and potions.

Daily grooming is another great way of preventing the dreaded “F” word. Use a fine tooth comb and if you do come across any fleas remove them appropriately and drown them in some water mixed with soap.

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Favour Pets foods is a family run pet food business who have been making dog and cat food for over 33 years, with extensive production and warehouse facilities based in Randalstown, Co.Antrim, Northern Ireland. Favour Pet Foods offers a range of complete dog and cat food in a variety of bag sizes, as well as huge selection of treats, snacks, healthcare products, wild bird food and seasonal lines.

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