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Flea prophylaxis: make dogs and cats "winterproof"
Or who wants to keep a sack of fleas in winter?

24.09.2014 – 13:00

Federal Association for Animal Health e.V.

Bonn (ots)

Outside the temperatures are slowly falling, summer is saying goodbye. How nice it will soon be to brave the approaching cold season in a cozy, cozy warm apartment. This is what the flea "thinks" too. Because fleas like it warm and they are now looking for suitable winter quarters. In the fur of dogs and cats, they usually get into the apartment undetected in order to establish themselves there - and to multiply. That can happen very quickly. A single female flea lays up to 750 eggs in a month. The eggs are deposited in the pet's fur, but fall out very easily. Wherever there is a dog or cat, they unintentionally and usually unnoticed by the owner spread the flea eggs or larvae throughout the apartment. This also explains why dogs and cats that have been treated for fleas often get re-infested with fleas after a while. The cause of this is new fleas that have developed from these eggs, larvae, and pupae.

All dogs and cats living in the household should therefore be treated against flea infestation in good time and in the long term, so that it does not even come to that. A combination of preparations that capture adult fleas as well as eggs and larvae is suitable for combating them. It is particularly important to include the animal's environment in the flea control. Unfortunately, normal hygiene measures such as regular vacuuming or regular washing of blankets and pillows on the couchette are not sufficient. The offspring of the fleas hide deep in the carpet or in cracks in floorboards and similar cracks. There, too, the fleas and their stages of development must be controlled with the help of suitable preparations.

Heavy flea infestation is extremely annoying for the animal. The tormentors suck blood on dogs and cats again and again, which is associated with severe itching and skin irritation. Often times, fleas also jump on humans to suckle blood. In dogs in particular, the saliva deposited during sucking can also lead to severe allergic skin inflammation, the so-called flea saliva allergy dermatitis (FAD) - a few fleas on the dog are sufficient here! The unloved flea can also transmit viruses, bacteria or the cucumber seed tapeworm Dipylidium caninum. So there are many reasons not to give fleas a chance.

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Press contact:

Federal Association for Animal Health, Dr. Sabine Schüller,
Schwertberger Strasse 14, 53177 Bonn, Tel. 0228/31 82 96,
[email protected]

Original content from: Bundesverband für Tiergesundheit e.V., transmitted by news aktuell