Fleas are tiny parasites that bite your pet in order to feed off their blood, leaving an extremely itchy spot on their body.
Fleas don't just live on animals, but also in the animal's environment. They are able to jump an incredible distance relative to their size, up to two feet!
Your pet can pick up fleas from being in close proximity to another animal with fleas, by visiting a home with fleas, or from a furry guest visiting your home that has fleas. In fact, every time your pet leaves the house, they are at risk - at the dog park, visiting the groomer or the boarding kennel.
The parasites thrive in warm, humid environments, making them far more common in the summer months.
There are things that you can do to help prevent fleas from finding a new home on your pet. Talk toyour veterinarianabout medication and products that can be used to prevent fleas from taking up residence. Frequent vacuuming, washing your pet's bed, blanket, etc. in hot water and keeping your yard neat can also go a long way in helping to keep fleas away.
If you notice droppings or eggs on your pet or in your home, it's likely that they have fleas. Other signs that your pet may have fleas include excessive scratching, licking or biting at their skin; hair loss; scabs and hot spots; pale gums and allergic dermatitis.
At Pickering Animal Hospital, their team of dedicated professionals will help you win the war with fleas.
They will develop anindividualized programfor the specific needs of your pet, your home and your environment. They will review with you the best way to control fleas in your house, in your yard and on your pet.
Pickering Animal Hospital is located at 14-1450 Kingston Road in Pickering. For more information, call(905) 420-1734or visitwww.pickeringanimalhospital.ca.