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Fleas Really Get Under Our Skin!!

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

Every year pet owners suffer the same frustrations.  Warmer weather means more parasites, especially fleas!  And, despite good, veterinary approved products, some pets are still subjected to these nasty bugs!  What can we do to stop the infestation?

Fleas are truly a pet owner’s curse and worst nightmare.  Designed to survive and efficient at reproducing, these blood-sucking pests can quickly overrun house and home!  In addition to causing misery for our pets, fleas have the potential to carry serious, even deadly diseases.  In order to defeat this enemy, we need to understand their life cycle and dispel persistent myths that lead to ineffective control.

For every adult flea seen on a dog or cat, there are about 95 other fleas in various life stages (eggs, larvae and pupae) around the pet’s environment.  The failure to address the juvenile life stages is a primary reason why owners never seem to win any battles against fleas.  People also misunderstand how adult fleas interact with pets.

Once an adult flea finds your pet, there is very little short of death that will remove that flea from your dog or cat.  People want to believe that fleas jump from pet to pet, like it is often depicted in cartoons.  The fact is once a flea starts taking a blood meal from an animal, the flea will die within two hours if removed from the pet.  Pets acquire fleas by picking them up from the environment, not from playing with their canine and feline friends.