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Keeping Cats "Comfortable in their own Skin" - by Liz Gordon PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brian Adam   
Monday, 01 April 2013 19:17

It starts with: Flea protection!  Fleas can be a real irritation, for you & your cat; but they don’t have to be! There are safe, easy & effective ways to protect your pet from bites, and your home from infestation. If fleas have your cat scratching, you need to act fast using a product that will kill fleas, break up the cycle, & kill the adults before they can lay eggs. Simple, monthly applications during warm weather months, will control fleas & help prevent secondary problems like Flea Allergy Dermatitis (FAD).

Fleas are MORE than just uncomfortable!

Imagine a mosquito bite that keeps on itching; that’s what flea bites feel like for your cat. If you don't kill them, the biting will continue. Untreated infestation can cause secondary skin irritations, tapeworms, anemia or FAD. FAD is a reaction to flea bites caused by an allergy to flea saliva. FAD causes pets to chew, lick & scratch, creating open sores & potentially serious skin infections. Speak to your veterinarian about which product is best to use for your pet; ensure it's safe, if your cat is pregnant or nursing.  For their comfort (and your peace-of-mind) you want something that will provide a fast, safe & effective treatment.

Breaking the life cycle:                

Fleas are one of the most common & irritating parasites affecting cats.  Adult fleas can live up to 100 days; during this time they bite & feed on your pet’s blood. After feeding fleas mate & the females produce eggs, these eggs will fall off your pet into the ground or carpet.  These eggs develop into larvae which then form a cocoon. New fleas then hatch from the cocoon & begin feeding, continuing the cycle.

REMEMBER: “Kill fleas before they can lay eggs, effectively breaking the cycle”.

When should you begin treatment?

Begin monthly applications in the spring when the ground begins to thaw.  Continue monthly applications into the fall, until there are several consecutive nights of frost; keep in mind in some areas of the country such as in parts of British Columbia flea season can last year-round.  Compliments of Bayer HealthCare

Last Updated on Saturday, 01 June 2013 11:51
 


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