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.
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: