Fleas are everywhere we go, we hear about them relating to our pets all the time, the dangers they represent and what we can do to help out pets fightthese critters! All this month we're raising awareness about fleas and what you can do to help your pet avoid them! Here, you can
find a quick summary about fleas, as well as loads of useful articles to help you learn more. We'll keep updating this throughout the month.
Fleas are literally everywhere, even where you wouldn't expect. It is estimated that 95% of fleas in any household, are not on the animal! That means that a vast majority of fleas in your house could be living in the environment. This is a problem since it means that treating the fleas on your pet, won't get rid of them for good.
Fleas live on a wide variety of mammals as an ectoparasite, these fleas mostly feed on the blood of the animal they're living on. This is what causes our pets to itch when they've got fleas. Dogs fleas and cat fleas are slightly different in the way they look and act, but mostly the symptoms are the same and treatment styles wouldn't vary too much.
Ticks are small parasites and are often confused with fleas in the problems they can cause. Ticks are tiny external parasites that live on the skin of infected animals. They feed, breed and live on the skin and in the fur of the animals, they dig into the skin of the animal and feed on the blood, causing both the tick to swell and the animal to experience pain as well as a host of other problems if left untreated. Some of the most common problems that Ticks can cause are:
- Blood loss
- Tick paralysis
- Skin irritation and possibly infection
- Lyme disease
Ticks are visible to the naked eye and normally spike in infection rates during the summer months so be sure to keep an eye out during especially during these months. If you do notice ticks on your pet, be sure to remove them safely, ensuring to remove the biting head without causing Tick blood to infect the pet, this can lead to Lyme disease. If you're not sure or think that your dog already has Lyme disease, the best course of action will always be to consult your vet.