Flea and tick Information

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Flea and Tick Preventative Importance

We understand that there is a lot to consider when bringing a new pet into your home, but flea and tick medications are a necessity for their overall health. All pets are at risk because they exist in every area of their environment. We speak to our clients about these products at every wellness visit to decrease the risk of their pet contracting sickness and disease carried by these pests.  

Flea and tick prevention comes in a variety of forms including topicals, collars, and pills. Our hospital carries a variety of options, and we are happy to help our clients choose the right one for their pets depending on their breed, lifestyle, and individual needs. For more information of which flea and tick preventative is right for your pet, please ask your veterinarian.

Facts about Fleas: 

  • Fleas can spread multiple diseases to the host at once. 
  • Fleas can jump up to 150 times their own length. They can easily jump onto your pet from the ground, or from another pet.
  • A flea’s lifespan is 2-3 months. A pre-emerged flea (not living on a pet) can survive undisturbed and without a blood meal for more than 100 days.
  • It’s important to kill fleas before they lay eggs because the female flea can lay 2,000 of them in her lifetime. 
  • A flea can bite 400 times a day. If your pet has 10 fleas, that’s 4,000 bites a day!
  • Flea bites can cause skin problems for your pet including flea allergy dermatitis, a very common skin allergy in dogs.
  • Ingested fleas can transmit tapeworms, a very common intestinal parasite seen by owners.
  • Puppies without a strong immune system yet, and older or sick dogs infested with fleas, can become anemic. Heavy flea infestations may even cause death.

Facts about Ticks:

  • Ticks carry multiple diseases, including Lyme disease. 
  • Tick populations have been on the rise over the last few years, which has made the diseases they carry a more apparent risk than they have been in the past. 
  • A female tick can lay between 4,000 and 6,500 eggs in her lifetime. 
  • Quick and safe removal of a tick is the most important way to prevent them from transmitting infection and disease.
  • A tick bite does not always result in an obvious mark or rash on your pet.
  • If you notice a red “bullseye” rash on your dog after removing a tick please contact us immediately. 
For more information about flea and tick prevention, please visit the American Veterinary Medical Association website.