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Watch Out For Fleas This Summer!

Sunday, June 14, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

DOGCATFLEASIt’s almost summertime and time to start protecting your dog and cat from fleas.While I’m in Delaware, I’m very concerned about my cats getting fleas because they spend a lot of time outside, on the porch. (with me watching them of course.)

Did you know that one flea could bite a dog about 400 times? In one months time, one flea can turn into two million fleas! Fleas are a major problem for our furry friends. They are blood sucking parasites. This could mean major trouble if your dog or cat has an allergic reaction to the proteins in a flea’s saliva. Your dog or cat can develop flea allergy dermatitis. This will cause constant scratching, skin problems and permanent hair loss. Fleas can also transmit bacterial diseases, anemia, tapeworms and other parasites.

It’s best to treat your dog or cat at the beginning of the season. There are lots of flea and tick products on the market including various types of flea collars. Your vet could also administer medication that is placed on the back of your pet’s neck. This treatment can control fleas for up to six months. Don’t wait until you have a huge problem, protect your pet today.

Remember, your pets count!

 

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