What to do if your pet gets fleas!

You've spotted some fleas... what now?

The first thing to do is to establish whether you actually have a flea infestation. 

Most flea treatments work by killing the flea once they land on and bite your pet. In most cases, there’s not an invisible shield bouncing them away. If you’re finding dead fleas on your pet, this means the treatment is working but your pet is likely visiting a high flea area and as such they are visible on the fur. If they’re alive, and there’s more than one, this can very quickly turn into an infestation in your home and you need to get on top of it. 

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Check your pet and speak to your vet (or a professional) about retreating them.

Do a thorough inspection of your pet. If you find multiple fleas there are a few important things to do. Firstly, give your pet a flea bath. There is a range of products available at your local vet or pet store that can be used safely in conjunction with their usual flea treatment. then, comb out any live or dead fleas from their fur, ensuring to also get as much remaining flea dirt as possible. 

If needed, you can re-treat your pet with a chewable or spot on treatment, but ensure to speak to your vet or a veterinary professional first, as treating your pet too regularly can cause some nasty side effects like vomiting and diarrhoea. 

Treat the environment.

The problem with fleas is that once you have an infestation, they’re mighty hard to get rid of. It super important to treat the environment (your home) to ensure to remove all fleas, eggs and larvae from the area. 

Firstly, you’ll need some flea bombs from your vet or the local supermarket. Make sure to read the instructions carefully and use the right amount of bombs, as each one only treats a certain size room and underrating will result in reinfestation.

Next, strip the beds – make sure to strip all the bed sheets, couch covers, any loose blankets etc and put them in the wash. You’ll need to put your pets sleeping blankets or beds in the wash, too. Make sure you use a hot wash cycle, as this will also kill the fleas.

Lastly, vacuum. Now this isn’t any ordinary vacuum, you need to be rough with it. Flea larvae hatch due to vibrations in the carpet, so when the carpet has been treated, you want them to hatch so that they die OR get vacuumed up. It’s generally a good idea to vacuum the entire house 2-3 times to ensure to get them all, as well as ensuring to empty the vacuum bags into a sealed bag and into an outdoor trash can. 

Prevention is better than cure.

It’s always easier to keep the fleas away, rather than treating an infestation once it occurs. There’s a common misconception that we don’t need to treat our pets for fleas over the colder winter months, but this simply isn’t true. Fleas can survive in many areas outside, or on rodents, in sand or dirt or even under your house where it’s a little bit warmer. Your pets can pick these critters up anywhere and before you know it, one becomes many. 

At Furmail, we offer a range of plans for your pets, and protect from as young as six weeks of age. Contact us today to discuss the best option for your pets. 

xox

Furmail

How to treat your cat for worms

5 Safe and healthy tips

As a cat owner, seeing your sweet precious ball of fur not feeling their best due to worms can be devastating. Parasitic worms are a common cause of cat discomfort, and they can lead to several other health problems. Knowing how to protect your cat from worms is important part of being a pet owner.

Roundworms, hookworms, tapeworms, and whipworms are the most common types of parasites in cats. They can cause serious problems, especially at the earliest stages of your pet’s life. Some can also pose dangerous health risks during adulthood.

Mild and Severe Symptoms of Worms to Watch Out for in Cats

Depending on the severity, internal parasites like worms can cause vomiting, stomach problems that lead to diarrhoea, loss of appetite that causes weight loss, uncomfortable bloating, skin lesions and dull coat, skin irritations, and overall poor physical health. If left untreated, worm infestations can even be fatal. Severe levels of infection could cause pneumonia, dehydration, convulsions or shock, skin infections, blindness, anaemia, or eventually death.

1. Identify the parasites that are messing with your cat’s health.

The first step to deal with any health issue is to identify the problem. What type of parasite is affecting your cat? How is the infestation affecting your cat’s everyday routine, and what symptoms is your cat suffering from? Different parasites have specific effects on your cat’s physical health. The best way to know which action to take is to contact your local veterinarian or ask an expert.

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2. Choose the Right Wormer for Your Cat

There are several types of wormers that cat care experts might recommend. Worm treatment costs will depend on the kind of solution that you want for your pet. While pastes and spot-ons are the common choices for pet owners, worming tablets are preferred because of their palatability and ease of administration. 

Since cat worming tablets are small and coated in flavours that your cats will love, you shouldn’t have a hard time giving them to your pet. Choosing the right cat worming treatment shouldn’t only be about finding an effective method to get rid of these parasites; it can also be easy and comfortable.

3. Determine the Cause and How to Prevent Reinfection

To fight against these parasites and prevent the same thing from happening again in the future, make sure you determine where it started, how it happened, and what caused the infection in the first place.

Tapeworm infestation, for example, can start when your cat swallows fleas from their fur during grooming. In this case, the best way to deal with prevention is through flea control: maintain their litter box regularly and keep your home clean. Most importantly, make sure that your cat is not exposed to other infected animals.

4. Make Your Cat Feel Loved During Treatment

As mentioned earlier, while some cases of parasite infestation in cats can be asymptomatic, some cats, unfortunately, experience mild to severe symptoms. While administering the treatment, make sure your cat feels that they are loved. They’ll need all the attention and care that they can get as it can be an uncomfortable process for them.

5. Get Help from the Best Cat Worming Experts in NZ

The most important advice we have is to talk to the right people about what’s best for your fur baby. And remember, cat worming treatments don’t have to break the bank. Find experts that can balance your cat’s comfort, and the treatment’s efficacy and affordability.

If you need advice on how to worm your cat, including a demonstration or just general assistance, you can contact Furmail and our staff will be happy to help.

We’ll help you make sure that your furry friend is protected and parasite-free!

At Furmail, we’ve got the best worming for cats around. We offer worming treatments that will give you and your cat the peace of mind that you both deserve. We provide complete cat worming treatment plans, regular and on-time treatment package delivery, and online vet consultations. Our services are designed to help you fight against common cat worms, as well as other cat and dog parasites, including fleas, mites, and mange. Contact us meow!

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