All About Dog Fleas and Cat Fleas

Fleas are external parasites which affect many animals, causing itching, allergies or even transmitting tapeworms. Whilst the adults are found on pets, the eggs and immature stages of fleas are found in the environment.

Fleas are parasitic insects which are found all over the world. They feed on the blood of cats, dogs and other animals, including humans.

Fleas pass through a four-stage life cycle consisting of egg, larva, pupa and adult. They undergo a metamorphosis just like caterpillars turning into butterflies, though adult fleas are less attractive than butterflies and much more annoying.

Fleas are unlikely to cause fatal disease but they can cause discomfort and even trauma to pets and should be controlled. There are many easy-to-use, highly effective treatments available.

For good flea control, integrated flea control is necessary - controlling all of the life stages of the fleas: those on the animal and in the environment. A combination of treatments for the environment, such as flea bombs, powders and sprays, and treatments for pets, such as topical liquids, tablets, powders, shampoos or flea collars will be most effective in controlling the flea population.