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‘Tis the Season (to Fight Fleas!)

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No-one wants to spend the summer months inside checking their furry family for fleas and ticks. Unfortunately, these pesky critters don’t take a summer break!

The good news is that with an observant owner and the right medication, we can make sure that fleas take a permanent vacaction, far away from your furry family member!

It can be tough to tell when your pet has fleas. There are various signs but not all of them are obvious unless you know what to look for.

Unsurprisingly, that’s what we want to share with you first today!

How to Tell If Your Dog or Cat Has Fleas

You would also be surprised how easy it is for an indoor pet to get fleas, even if they don’t go outside!

Here are some tips for checking your pet for fleas:

1. Check for Flea Dirt:
Get a white piece of paper, and quickly comb or rub a section of the hair on your dog’s back.
If your dog or cat has fleas, you will see black flecks that look like dirt appear onto the white paper.

2. Diagnose that Dirt:
If you find this dirt, it’s time to test it to confirm the flea-factor. Take the black specks mentioned and put them on a damp piece of paper, then wait a minute or two. If the black dirt specks don’t turn red, you probably have normal dirt… phew, your pet probably just needs a bath! However, if the dust turns to rust, a reddish color, it’s a sign that fleas are around.

3. Pick Out Pests and Wash Your Pet:
Flea dirt means a few things, the first of which is to pick off as many pests as you can and then give your furry family member a thorough bath, preferably with a soothing scrub ingredient like oatmeal. Set aside any fleas in separate soapy water so that they don’t escape and get back on your pet.

4. Get Monthly Medication:
Those soapy baths should now happen weekly, but you’ll need something a bit more powerful to keep the pests off permanently. Visit your veterinarian to ensure you have an approved product like Revolution on hand to protect your pet every month. Call us on (440) 234-5831 if you need to order some, or for more information if your pet has fleas.

Facts About Fleas

Now that you know how to spot and fight fleas, let’s look at some scary facts about them!

Here are some of the reasons that show why fleas are such a tough foe to get rid of:

  • The female flea can lay 2,000 eggs in her lifetime.
  • A flea can live more than 100 days without a blood meal.
  • The female flea consumes 15 times her own body weight in blood daily.
  • A flea can jump up to 8 inches high, or approximately 150 times its own height. That’s like if you could leap over tall buildings in a single bound.
  • Pets with fleas may develop anemia, tapeworms or intense bouts of itching (pruritus).
  • Some pets may develop an allergy to flea saliva, which causes severe irritation and itchiness.
  • Even though there are more than 2,000 known species and subspecies of fleas, one flea species — the cat flea — accounts for most of the dog and cat flea cases found in the U.S.
  • Fleas feed on the blood of their host — humans, birds, reptiles, and wild and domestic animals.

Again, if you have any concerns about the effect of fleas, ticks, or other pests that might be making a home on your furry family member, call us today on (440) 234-5831.

You can also make an appointment online: http://www.bigcreekpet.com/request-an-appointment/.

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