Fleas are small, dark brown parasitic insects that infest the coat and skin of pets and are most prevalent during the warmer months. They make our pets' lives itchy and unpleasant. Because they can leap enormous distances to locate a host and bite both pets and humans, these parasites live in the yard, carpet, and furniture until they can catch a ride on your pet. The key to keeping fleas off your pet is prevention. Understanding why it’s important to take your pet with fleas to the veterinarian may help you to develop other techniques to supplement your flea prevention plan.


Fleas are the leading cause of skin illness in pets, causing anything from itching to weeping sores, scaly skin, and infection. Many flea-infested pets develop skin illnesses as a result of frequent scratching, and other animals are hypersensitive to flea bites, with one bite triggering an auto-immune reaction.  

Fleas may transmit a number of severe illnesses to their victims when they bite. Lyme disease, ehrlichiosis, babesiosis, and bartonellosis are among them. Fleas can also transmit internal parasites to pets, such as tapeworms. Some of the illnesses they carry endanger people as well. Fleas and ticks, for example, are responsible for zoonotic infections such as Lyme disease and even the plague.

Also, when parasite-infested pets enter your house, they might transmit their parasites inside, resulting in an even larger infestation. When fleas infiltrate your house and produce eggs, they may be extremely tough to exterminate. The flea cycle lasts 14 days, so if you used foggers or sprays to treat your house, you'll need to do it again in 14 days to interrupt the cycle. This is where many individuals get into problems since they believe they only need to treat their home once.


Once your veterinarian at Mandeville diagnoses your pet with fleas, they will give you some treatment options and may recommend using one or more products in combination to get rid of the infection, with the goals of killing any existing fleas on your pet and killing any larvae the fleas have laid. The two most prevalent methods for getting rid of fleas are pill and topical. Flea treatments in pill form exist in a variety of forms and they work particularly effectively. Topical treatments operate by disseminating a coating of flea-fighting liquid throughout the top layer of the pet's skin, therefore they must be administered precisely to be effective. Always follow your veterinarian's instructions carefully, since misuse of these products might irritate your pet's sensitive skin.

At Lakeshore Vet and Pet Lodge, we carry a variety of parasite preventatives for the convenience of our clients and their furry friends. It is essential to have your pet examined by a veterinarian if they are scratching or have skin injury. Our Mandeville Staff is fully trained in flea control and can advise you with selecting the best solution for your pet. Call us now at (985) 626-5615 for more information on the finest flea treatment for your pet.

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