Fleas are perhaps the most common parasite to infest household pets. They live in warm environments – your pet’s fur and even your clothes and furniture and can be passed from your companion to you and your family.
Fleas can have thousands of offspring in their short lifespans, which can make it particularly difficult to eliminate them. They survive by drinking blood; flea saliva is an allergen which results in in the red, itchy bumps you will see on your pet’s skin. In addition, fleas can carry nasty diseases which can be transferred to your pet or family if they bite.
Symptoms of fleas include:
Red/brown specks moving in your pet’s fur
Subdued behaviour, often a result of feeling unwell following flea bites
Red, itchy, sore spots (these may appear on other pets and members of your family as well as the infected pet)