DIET & MONITOR
Get the diet right
- Fleas are less attracted to a healthy skin & coat. Feed a well-planned species-appropriate diet.
- If your pet is taking any supplements and is itchy - be aware that some supplements may contain preservatives, yeasts or other ingredients that may contribute to the itch.
Monitor for fleas regularly
- Flea combing: Look for fleas and flea dirt.
- White paper flea dirt test: Stand your pet on a clean surface. Rub their coat vigorously with your fingers. Tiny black pieces of debris may fall onto the clean surface. Wet a paper towel, or white flannel, and wipe the clean surface. If the debris is 'flea dirt' (faeces), it will turn red (because it contains blood) upon contact with water. This is evidence of fleas (even if you don't see an actual flea). If the debris remains black, it is not flea dirt. You may wish to google for a demonstration or pictures.
If there is evidence of fleas, you will likely need to use a conventional flea treatment from your veterinary clinic.