Fleas

Flea & Tick Prevention is Even More Important in the Spring

 

While you need to protect your dog or cat from fleas and ticks all year long, this becomes even more crucial once spring arrives. These parasites become increasingly prevalent once the snow melts and the weather gets warmer. With your pet spending more time outdoors, it's only a matter of time before he becomes an unwilling host to fleas, ticks, or both.

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These parasites must feast on the blood of a host animal to survive. As the most common type of external parasite, fleas cause allergic dermatitis approximately half of the time. This causes persistent itching, biting, and licking of the affected area. Some of the other indications that your pet may have fleas include:

Just Say No to Fleas and Ticks This Spring

According to the Association for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, American pet owners cite the prevention of fleas and ticks as two of their top pet care concerns. When it comes to these parasites, prevention is always the best course of action. However, it's important that you're able to recognize the symptoms of flea or tick infestation so you can get your dog or cat the help she needs right away.

What You Need to Know About Fleas

Although fleas are wingless insects, they can jump up to two feet in the air. Their lifespan can be as short as two weeks or as long as a year. Unfortunately, they can produce millions of offspring in that short amount of time. Fleas feast on your animal's blood and can make him feel miserable. Some of the most common indications that your dog or cat has fleas include:preview-full-No-to-Fleas-and-Ticks

  • Flea droppings on the fur that look like grains of sand
  • Flea eggs that are tiny and white
  • Scratching, biting, or licking much more than usual
  • Loss of fur
  • Allergic dermatitis
  • Pale color to the gums
  • Development of tapeworms
  • Hot spots and scabs on the body


Since they are brought in easily from outdoors, fleas can live in your carpet, furniture, bedding, and other warm places where they can burrow. Once they find an animal host, fleas spend the remainder of their life in her fur laying eggs. A pet infested with a large amount of fleas can become anemic since these parasites can consume blood that is up to 15 times their own weight. Dogs and cats who are sensitive to flea saliva can develop allergic dermatitis, a condition that causes extreme skin irritation.

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