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Anybody with a pet will have experienced a problem with fleas and one point. There are over 2,000 recorded species of fleas in the world with around 100 in Europe and 60 or so species in the UK. They are wingless insects, and their bodies are hard and flattened from side to side, helping them move about in the fur of a variety of animals including our pets dogs and even ourselves.
Recently my dog, Mack (a crossbreed), experienced an attack of fleas. He reacted badly as he had developed flea allergy dermatitis. He suffered with severe itching and balding patches. But why can these tiny creatures have such a great impact?
I read that fleas have a unique structure to their mouths which allow them to spread various pathogens; "The dual function of a flea's mouth allow them to both squirt saliva and blood into the bite, whilst sucking...
My regular readers will know that I don't often use my blog to talk about a product or service but since I'd discussed the problems I'd had finding natural methods to rid my cat of fleas a few weeks ago, I thought I'd let you all know about a new product I found and have been using for the past week.
I had previously been using a regular flea comb when I came across this electronic version on the Androv Medical website. It's strictly a lice comb for ridding your youngsters of head lice but I thought it would be worth a shot for getting shot of the fleas on my moggy - and the results have been great.
The problem with regular lice/flea combs is that you're combing out live bugs and eggs so you have to be extremely careful and take the correct precautions to make sure you don't infest...
For the first time my cat (Stimpy) has recently developed a very persistent flea problem and managed, despite my best efforts, to infest my home as well - so I ended up covered in itchy bites!
I don't mind treating Stimpy with the regular anti-flea products as I can apply them wearing my carbon filter mask (or holding my breath!) and then leave him outside for the rest of the day. When it comes to my home however there is no way I can spray pesticides/insecticides on my carpets and furnishings. I'd never be able to live there again.
On a recent trip to Pets at Home (the equivalent of PetSmart in the US) I came across a product labelled with stand-out words such as "natural" and "organic". I've learned through experience that this in no way means the product is safe for those with environmental illness however so I made a mental...