Making sure your pet has a well-balanced diet and is nutritionally healthy helps the pet maintain their own immune system. Pet fleas love to find the most susceptible and weakest in the animal kingdom and will feed off them to their detriment, and this can lead to your pet becoming extremely ill.
Caution needs to be taken when treating your pet as many of the flea repellent chemicals used on pets to remove or inhibit the development of the fleas are specific for that type of animal. Dog flea products should not be used on cats and likewise kittens and puppies need to be of a certain age or weight before treatment can commence. If you don’t follow the instructions on many of these products carefully you may be actually harming your pet causing a build-up of chemicals on their skin which may lead to toxicity levels and permanent if not fatal damage.
You need to be aware that if you have both cats and dogs living alongside each other you will need to ensure that treatment will need to be done separately. If you are using topical medication you need to safeguard that one cat does not groom the other until the product has been absorbed / dried on the skin surface.
Treatment for your pet fleas should not be undertaken in isolation if you pet has fleas then you will have fleas in the house too. Fleas developing in bedding, carpets and nooks and crannies can remain dormant for months before emerging again when conditions are right so these need to be tackled as well.
If your pet is suffering from a bad infestation of fleas and is looking ill you will need to take them to your vet for advice. Some flea treatments should not be administered if your pet is in poor health and your vet will be able to suggest alternatives.