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What to do if my pet has fleas?

Dogs are often regarded as Man’s Best Friend. Treated as part of a family, they are a cuddly, precious and warm companion in a home. As a result, many home owners invest substantially on pet care essentials, such as grooming, diet enhancement, medical checkups, toy kits and accessories. Besides these tangible items, time is one valuable investment all owners spent on a daily basis. Strong emotions and relationship are built over time, and the 1 common factor concerning owners are keeping their dogs in their pink of health.

Very often, you may notice your pets scratching from time to time. Is this a normal habit or something more harmful that requires attention? When do we dwell further? Are your pets suffering from ticks or fleas disease?

Did you know? Dogs can be infected with ticks or fleas infestation but yet show minimal or no obvious symptoms? Ticks and fleas are common home pest especially in home with pets. They feed on blood to survive and usually are brought in to an environment through pets.

In some cases, there may be signs of skin irritation including inflammation and redness, resulting from self-chewing or scratching. This is because ticks will latch onto its skin, causing these irritations.

The signs will turn obvious when the ticks are more visible on the skin, as the size becomes larger due to bloating effect or dogs are seen to be suffering from severe skin itch and inflammation symptoms. The condition escalates into a higher severity, where the dogs experience symptoms such as mild to high fever, loss of appetite, pain and lethargy, or spread of diseases such as Lyme Disease, tick paralysis and encephalitis, or gastrointestinal illnesses, impaired immune function or anemia.

Before home owners subject their loved dogs or pets to these risks and medical woes, there are some quick easy tips to take to minimize the risks such as:

  • A thorough vacuuming of carpets, furnishings, and upholstered furniture
  • Groom your pets regularly with a flea comb and wash their beds weekly
  • Invest in dog repellant as additional protection

In fact, there are more than 1 type of flea besides dog fleas, such as cat fleas and human fleas.  These parasites vary in their habits, life cycle and appearance.

What to do if my pet has fleas? If the infestation or condition gets out of control, it is important to seek professional help and treatment urgently, before the infestation spread and placing your pets and neighboring pets in danger.

You may request for a home inspection to identify potential signs or infestation risks by dropping a quick online form today for a non-obligation home check service.

Fleas

  • Type of Parasite - Insect with 6 legs

  • Popular Hosts - Dog, Cat

  • Lifespan - > 100 Days

  • Reproduction - Lay 20 to 40 eggs per day several weeks

  • Climate Preference - Warm temp

  • Dieases - Bartonellosis, Tapeworm

Ticks

  • Type of Parasite - Arachnid with 8 legs

  • Popular Hosts - Bird, Rodent, Snake, Lizard, Dog, Cat, Human

  • Lifespan - Range from few weeks up to 3 years

  • Reproduction - Lay thousands of eggs at one time

  • Climate Preference - Survive in near-freezing temp

  • Dieases - Lyme disease, Rocky mountain spotted fever