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Signs Your Small Pet Has Fleas

Signs your small pet has fleas are fairly easy to detect. While not necessarily life threatening, fleas are definitely irritating for both pets and owners.

Scratching is one of the most obvious signs your small pet has fleas. Fleas live on the pet's skin surface and feed on body fluids, leaving reddish brown specks and wounds in serious infestations. You can easily catch fleas by simple inspection, but the real problem lies in permanently getting rid of them. Aside from scratching, fleas may also cause hair loss and unsightly skin lesions. Moreover, an untreated flea case may lead to serious problems like anemia. Once you see signs your small pet has fleas, never use medications that are prescribed for other animals. Flea powders, flea dips or anti flea and tick shampoos will not sit well with your little pet. You will have to use flea products continuously, usually at least once a month, to make sure that all fleas and their eggs have been killed. Flea combs are suitable for your little pet, though, and can be used in combination to your flea control program. While these medications can also eliminate fleas and eggs in your vicinity, you would also have to thoroughly sanitize your pet's cage, bedding, and your entire house.