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Types of Fleas and Signs of Infested pets

Fleas are usually small external parasites on mammals and birds that survive by consuming the blood of their hosts in this case the mammals. Fleas are small and flightless insects, with adults ranging about 3mm long. Fleas are not of the same type but comprise of a variety of them all around the world. Cat flea is one the common type of flea, which are usually found on cats but can also attack dog, other animals and possibly even humans. Their favorite spot in the house is often the carpet but it’s possible to find them at any other place in the house. Human flea is another common type of fleas which are found on humans. Human fleas stick and bury themselves in the body’s most hairy parts like the head and sometimes underarms. The human fleas are easy to eliminate and avoid since it just requires one to observe a strict hygiene practice. There is another type of flea which has affinity towards the chicken and are therefore referred to as chicken fleas. Usually you will find them with their heads buried in the skin of chickens near the face or head. At first it would appear like the chicken have black heads on their head or face but a closer look reveals that the chicken are infected with chicken fleas. A type of flea that feeds on organic matter and referred to as sand flea can attach itself on pets and feed on blood. Pets therefore become the vehicle for such pests to make way to your house.

Almost every animal is prone to attack by sticktight flea, from cats to dogs to human. Just as the name suggests, sticktight fleas are quite hard to remove when they attach themselves onto the skin of the skin of the victim.Springtail fleas usually do not attach themselves to animals unless there is a skin infection or the body part is damp since they stay in damp areas. It’s possible to tell if your pet is infested by fleas by observing and noting various signs. By combing your cat from head to tail with a fine-toothed flea comb it’s possible to tell if it has any fleas. To skim off adult fleas and their eggs from your cat, combing would be necessary. Cats that have fleas usually scratch or chew their skin often and seem restless. You can protect your pets by giving them quality flea treatment products. The host can suffer from anemia in time since fleas are capable of consuming about 15times their own body weight in blood.

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