How to tell if your pet has regenerative anemia from a flea infestation

Fleas can pose many threats to your animal's wellness

Fleas prevention is a must when you consider the potential dangers a pack of these pests can do to your pet. One of these dangers is regenerative anemia, which is a condition most often associated with a parasite like the flea. Regenerative anemia occurs when, even though the animal can make red blood cells in its bone marrow, he or she is losing blood faster than it can be regenerated. 

Fleas need the blood of a host in order to survive. So, if an infestation is left to fester for too long, the blood loss can be quite significant. The most common causes of anemia in felines and canines are fleas, ticks, worms and other parasites. According to PetMD, symptoms of regenerative anemia include weakness, pale gums, weak appetite and excessive panting. 

After regenerative anemia has been diagnosed, treatment options could include blood-building vitamins and minerals. In especially severe cases, transfusions may be required. Extra care for your pet is necessary during the treatment period. It's recommended you keep your pet away from other animals, as they might overexert him or her. However, the treatment will differ from pet to pet, of course. 

Ridding the fleas early
The key to ensuring that your pet doesn't develop a case of regenerative anemia is to constantly check him or her for fleas. Just because your pet doesn't venture outside a lot, doesn't mean it can't become infested, as there are many other ways for fleas to get into your house, including on your own body. A fine-toothed comb is the best tool to use while checking your pet's fur and skin for the parasites. 

There are also products, like flea-repellant collars, designed to repel fleas before they're able to take root on your pet's skin and fur. 

Treatment during an infestation
If your dog or cat has already become infested and spread the pests throughout your home, it's not too late to turn the tide of war against fleas. First, you should thoroughly clean your home, vacuum carpets, and possibly destroy any bedding your pet commonly lies on.

For the pet, there are products like the Hartz® UltraGuard® Rid Flea & Tick® Cat Shampoo that effectively kills the fleas on your pet's fur and skin.

This content is provided by the flea and tick experts at Hartz. We believe in offering safe, effective and affordable parasite prevention for every dog and cat.