Parasites are practically and commonly everywhere your dog and/or cat goes – in your home, yard, everywhere! They’re creepy, crawling and pose a threat to the health of your family and pet. Even well-cared for pets can contract parasites. Prevention is the best defensive mechanism and luckily for you, we can help make that easier.
Information Regarding Fleas and Why They Should be Prevented:
- They are reddish-brown insects with flattened bodies. They are so small that 8 adult fleas lined up end-to-end measures only an inch in length!
- They are amazing jumpers and survive by feeding on blood. Female fleas consume 15 times their body weight per day. “Flea dirt” visible on the skin/fur are simply excreted blood that was not digested by the flea.
- Flea allergy dermatitis is a very common skin condition, caused by constant biting and irritation from the flea.
- Fleas often transmit tapeworms and Hemobartonella (cat scratch fever). Heavy infestation can lead to anemia.
- Can affect humans as well, such as allergic reactions, tapeworms, flea typhus (Rickettsia felis) and plague.