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Posted on 06-05-2015
Fleas. Pesky, annoying, itchy, disease-carrying parasites with an amazing ability to infest a home. Don’t be fooled if you think you just see a couple of fleas on your pet. Adult female fleas can lay somewhere between 40 and 50 eggs per day. These eggs will likely drop off into the environment where they will complete their life cycle by hatching into pupae, then developing into larvae, and then adults. While a well-fed flea might live a year and a half, the average lifespan of most adult fleas is somewhere between 30 to 90 days. One female flea could easily produce 2000 eggs in her lifetime. Yikes!
Fleas are not just nuisances. They make your pets miserable from itching (especially if your dog or cat has a flea allergy which can then lead into other secondary problems). They can make you itchy. They can give pets tapeworms. Did you know they can also carry and transmit diseases that also affect humans (e.g., Cat-scratch disease, Plague, Typhus)?
Effective flea control is therefore critical at all times of year. Perhaps you are convinced about the importance of flea control, but with so many products available, you are unsure of the best product(s) to select for your pet. Consider these points when choosing how to control fleas in your pets:
If you have questions or need flea product recommendations, give us a call or stop in. We have great products available for your cats and dogs as well as very effective environmental treatments.
Author: Dr. C. Noureddine, DVM, MS