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Different Types of Fleas and How to tell if Your Pets are hosting them

The common external parasites on mammals are fleas which consume the blood of their host. Fleas are very small insects on mammals with adults being about 3mm long and are flightless. There are different types of fleas present with an estimated variety of about 2000 in 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. Besides finding on them on your pets, it’s possible to find them at the carpet or any other place in your house. There is a type of flea that finds it habitation on humans and it’s known as human flea. On human beings the parts that are usually prone to attack and act as home for the fleas is the hairy parts such as the head and underarms. With a strict hygiene routine, the human fleas can be eliminated and avoided. There is another type of flea which has affinity towards the chicken and are therefore referred to as chicken fleas. Their favorite spot on the chicken is near the head or face where they bury their head in the skin. . At first look, it would appear like the chicken’s head or face is infested with black heads but on a closer look, it’s discovered that they are actually chicken fleas. Though sand fleas usually feed on organic matter and withering plants, they can also attach themselves on pets and feed on their blood. Pets therefore become the vehicle for such pests to make way to your house.

There is a type of flea that is common to almost any animal from cats, dogs, birds and even human beings and are referred to as sticktight fleas. 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 are usually found in damp areas and rarely attack animals unless they find a reason to such as dampness or skin infection. There are various signs that could inform you that your pet is infested by fleas. Combing your cat with a fine -toothed flea comb from head to tail once or twice a day can help to know if your cat is infested. Combing can help skim off the adult fleas and their eggs. Fleas can cause cats to scratch her skin or even seem restless. One way to ensure you help your pets get rid of fleas is by giving them effective flea 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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