Spring And Your Pet

Flea Facts:

  • Fleas are wingless insects that get onto our pets by jumping. 
  • Fleas 'feed' off of blood. 
  • It only takes one flea to start and infestation.
  • Female fleas start laying eggs within 24-48 hours of their first blood meal. 
  • Female fleas can lay 40-50 eggs in a day; that is about 20,000 eggs per one female flea lifetime. 
  • In addition to potential anemia, pets can also develop an allergy to flea saliva. Such an allergy can cause severe irritation and itchiness.

Signs of a Flea Infestations:

  • Flea feces, or 'pepper-like' specks seen in your pet's coat and/or bedding. Commonly described as 'flea dirt,' these very tiny dark specks are in fact samples of blood from your pet. 
  • Itchy skin that can cause pet to bite at his/her fur and legs.
  • Flea eggs, or light-colored specks, may be visualized in your pet's coat and/or bedding. 
  • Patchy hair loss can be noted, especially near the tail or neck. 
  • Lethargy is seen in more severe cases. 
  • Tiny, dark brown insects can be seen quickly scurrying around on your pet.

Killing Fleas in the Home: 

  • It is important to remember to remove fleas, in all of their life stages, from your home. 
  • In order to kill pre-adult flea stages, steam cleaning your carpets and upholstery will be necessary. 
  • Vacuum frequently. 
  • Use exterior premise sprays to treat your yard.
  • Launder all bedding, human and pets alike, weekly. This includes throws, blankets, and pillows. 
  • Most importantly: treat ALL pets in the household with an approved flea product. 
  • Prevention is always the best option for you and your pet. In the long run, it is more cost efficient to prevent an infestation than to treat one. We carry a variety of trusted collars, topicals, and oral preventatives to keep your pet safe from fleas. 

 

Tick Facts:

  • Ticks are small, spider-like, wingless creatures that are capable of feeding on your dog's or cat's blood. 
  • They can cause much discomfort for your pet, and can spread serious diseases. 
  • Ticks are capable of transmitting diseases such as Lyme disease, Ehrlichia, Cytauxzoonosis, and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. 
  • That we know of, there are more than 800 species of ticks on this planet. 
  • Ticks can live as long as 200 days without food or water. Some species can even live up to 3 years without feeding. 
  • Even when the temperature drops below freezing, dogs and cats are not safe from ticks. Some tick species are equipped with a tick 'antifreeze' to help them survive the winter temperatures. 

Tick Tips:

  • You should inspect your pet regularly for ticks, especially when he or she has been outside in areas where there are woods, brush, or tall grass. 
  • A thorough combing of your pet within 4-6 hours of exposure to such areas can help prevents ticks from attaching themselves to your pet. 
  • If you happen to find a tick, it should be removed immediately. The longer it is attached, the greater the chance for disease. To remove the tick, use tweezers to carefully grasp the exposed section of the tick's body near your pet's skin. Gently pull until the tick lets go, and dispose of tick where reattachment cannot be possible. 
  • Clearing brush and long grasses and removing leaves and grass clippings can help reduce the presence of ticks by eliminating their natural outdoor habitats. 
  • As with fleas, prevention is the best option for your pets. Many of the collars, topicals, and oral preventatives for fleas are also effective against ticks.