The number one problem we see as groomers are skin issues. From fleas to yeast we see it all. We try our best to help our clients find the root of the problem. We are gonna do a 2 part series on skin issues. As with any of our articles, these are professional opinions only. Please seek the advice of a vet before trying anything we advise.
- We will start with the most obvious problem, fleas. Fleas are terrible insects that pester your pet. I can’t stand having one on me much less 10 or 100. That would make me crazy!! Fleas can cause your pet to have tapeworms. So if Fido is infested with fleas he is also gonna need to be dewormed. Many dogs and cats are allergic to fleas. If one flea gets on them, they lose all their hair. Fleas can also cause your pet to have yeast on their skin. Fleas are bad to be such little buggers.
- Compared to other insects, the life cycle of a flea is not that long. The flea life cycle goes from egg to larva to pupa before the final adult stage. The process can take anywhere from two to three weeks to several months, depending on the conditions. Adult cat and dog fleas can live up to one year in ideal situations, but only about one to two weeks if no host is present. There is no break in fleas. Just because it’s cold doesn’t mean your dog is safe. Preventing flea problems is a year-long thing.
- Treatment: flea baths are great except that fleas will hide once the water hits them. They will go into the pads of the pets feet, into their eyes, nose, mouths and other places. Even if you leave the shampoo or dip on for the amount of time recommended fleas will still be on your pet. A regular flea treatment is recommended. We prefer the pills just because it’s easier. You don’t have to wait three days before or three days after a bath to use like you do the topical medication. Some pills work for 3 months some monthly. We like the pills that repel fleas not just kill them. If it doesn’t repel, you will see fleas on your pet and they will still itch but they won’t get infested. The topical medication needs to be used as directed but even if the directions don’t say it, please don’t use 3 days before or after a bath. The medication spreads by the oils on the skin so if you wash the oil off it won’t be as effective. You will also need to spray your furniture, carpet, curtains, and yard. Our local feed stores have sprays they can recommend and it’s safe to use around pets.
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