Protect Your Cat Against Fleas
In 2009, Banfield’s research team reported that, among cats and dogs, cats seen in our hospitals had a higher prevalence of fleas when compared to dogs—nearly 12 percent, compared to just over 7% in dogs. These numbers were taken from the 2.2 million pet health records of Banfield hospitals in 2009.
The northwestern United States had the highest reported prevalence of fleas in cats, but many states with the highest levels of flea prevalence in fleas were in the southeast region of the U.S. The top five states of flea prevalence at Banfield hospitals in 2009 were:
- Alabama at 20.2%
- Oregon at 18.5%
- Florida at 17.7%
- South Carolina at 17.2%
- Georgia at 17.0%
Health Issues Caused by Fleas
Banfield’s approach to preventive care helps your pet avoid common parasite problems that spring up in the warm season, including blood sucking fleas and ticks. These parasites aren’t just a nuisance—if not treated, they can lead to other, serious health problems. Fleas bite and can cause serious allergic skin reactions in both dogs and cats that are sensitive to flea saliva. Additionally, fleas ingested whilst grooming can also transmit nasty tapeworms, which your pet can then pass on to other family members.
Use of a safe and effective monthly topical parasite control product can help keep your pets and your home protected. Talk with your Banfield veterinarian for specific recommendations about what is most effective and safe for your pet.
If you have dogs in your household, consult with your Banfield veterinarian to make sure your dog’s flea and tick preventive is safe to use around your cat. Some topical flea and tick preventives contain permethrin, which can be deadly if used on cats. When you apply any dog product containing permethrin, it’s best to separate your cat and dog for 12 to 24 hours or until the topical product has dried completely.
When used under the guidance and direction of your veterinarian, flea and tick preventive products are a safe way to keep your pets and family free of parasites. Ask your Banfield veterinarian how you can best protect all your pets year-round.