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Archive for June 14th, 2009

hartzflea16-30_thumbIs your cat or dog scratching constantly? It’s probably fleas. You can’t get away from them. Fleas are insects that are found all over the word. They are parasitic and feed of the blood of dogs, cats and even humans! Fleas can also infect other animals including Raccoons and Weasels. Rat fleas were the cause of the Bubonic plague.

The fleas that infect cats or dogs are one of two species  Ctenocephalides felis is the cat flea. Ctenocephalides canis is the dog flea. Both of these fleas can infect humans. Fleas can get in your carpet, car, bedding, anywhere. Fleas go through four stages of life.  The last phase or adult phase is the one seen on dogs and cats. Fleas are a reddish brown in color and are about 1/16th t o1/8th of an inch in length. They do not fly but rather jump from place to place. They have three pairs on legs. One pair is quite large and is used for jumping. They have a hard shiny coat which enables them to move through animals fur.

Make sure that you keep a Flea and Tick Spray on hand all the time. Your pet can get fleas anytime of year. Use the Flea and Tick Spray on your pet regularly. If your pet continues to scratch, see your Vet. The problem may be something other than fleas.