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The Ruff Report: You and your dog may be sleeping with thousands of fleas

That itch you get while sleeping is likely to be more than just the dog's tail rubbing against your leg; the sensation may be from thousands of fleas that have infested the bed or couch if your pet likes to snuggle with you. 

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Research shows that fleas flourish in comfy places, making your bed and the dog's sleeping area fertile breeding grounds, according to PDSA, a veterinary charity in Britain.

“Fleas thrive in a warm environment, and their larvae feed off debris such as pet dandruff and adult flea feces, making your pet’s bed the perfect breeding ground," Sean Wensleya veterinarian with PDSA, states in a media release. "If your dog or cat sleeps on your bed, then that’s one of the places where the fleas will thrive.”

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PDSA estimates that some pet beds could contain hundreds of flea eggs at any one time. Fleas can jump about 8 inches high and three feet in distance so within weeks a home can become infested.

“Under favorable conditions a single flea can give rise to a population of 20,000 in just two months because of the rapid rate at which they reproduce,” Dr. Wensleya said.

The keys to preventing and ridding a pet's bed of fleas are keeping the sleeping area clean and using a flea product, Dr. Wensleya said.

But pet parents must be careful when using flea products, Dr. Wensleya said.
A dog flea treatment used on a cat or applying more than the recommended dosage can cause fatal poisoning.

“Owners need to use a safe and effective flea treatment product on their pets” said Dr. Wensleya, who advises consulting a veterinary before apply a flea  medication. “It is essential that owners regularly use the correct flea treatments in the right manner.”

Dr. Wensleya  says flea products bought over-the-counter, from pet shops or supermarkets may be unsafe and less effective than those prescribed by a veterinarian.

Cleanliness also is essential for controlling fleas, so pet parents should regularly wash and vacuum their dog’s bedding and living areas to prevent fleas, flea eggs and larvae from thriving, Dr. Wensleya said. "Your pet’s bed should be washed at least weekly in hot water to ensure all stages of the flea life cycle are destroyed.”

PSDA offers these tips to help control fleas:
  • Wash your dog's or cat’s bed once a week in a sixty degree wash to destroy any flea eggs.
  • Vacuum to remove pet dandruff and dirt from a pet’s bedding, making it harder for the flea larvae to survive.
  • Choose veterinary bedding, which is made of synthetic fur-type material on a woven base. This can be machine-washed and is stay-dry so any moisture will disappear.
  •  Have two beds for your pet. When one is being washed, the other can be  used, making the cleaning process easier. 
Statistics show a 20 percent drop in the sale of flea treatments during the winter, but PDSA advises pet owners to take precautions against fleas year-round because the insects can be just as rampant in the cold months as in the warm weather.

“It might be cold outside, but our warm houses provide the perfect breeding ground for fleas," Dr. Wensleya said. People turn up the central heating to keep their homes warm, but this means that fleas are able to thrive. Pet owners should take effective steps to rid their pets, and their homes, of these parasites by carrying out a regular flea treatment program.”

Elaine Pendlebury, a PDSA senior veterinary surgeon, says it is important that pet owners adhere to the exact instructions when using flea treatments.

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“It is vitally important to use the correct flea treatments and dosage for pets," Dr. Pendlebury states in a media release. "Using a dog flea treatment on a cat can result in fatal poisoning, as can exceeding the recommended dosage, so always consult your vet for advice on the best flea treatment to use."

Fleas can cause serious health problems. They are one of the most common causes of skin problems in dogs and cats. In severe cases, smaller animals, particularly kittens, can die from anemia due to blood loss to the feeding fleas.

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The Ruff Report is a column that appears on MySetterSam.com, a blog written by Joseph A. Reppucci, a retired editor from The Patriot Ledger in Quincy, Massachusetts. Mr. Reppucci worked as a reporter and editor on major daily newspapers in the Boston area for more than 30 years. He is the author of the book, The Hunt of Her Life, a heartwarming story about his once-in-a-lifetime rescue dog. Find it on Createspace.com and Amazon.com.

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