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Flea Information

Do you think you and your pet are safe from fleas in the fall / winter time? Think again!

We are seeing fleas on patients almost every day. Adult fleas are not only a nuisance to humans and their pets, but can cause medical problems including flea allergy dermatitis, tapeworms, secondary skin infections and, in extreme cases, anemia. Although bites are rarely felt, it is the resulting irritation caused by the flea salivary secretions that varies among us humans. Some humans do not get bit, some may have very bad reactions.

Adult fleas are about 1/16 to 1/8-inch long, dark reddish-brown, wingless, hard-bodied (difficult to crush between fingers), Fleas pass through a complete life cycle consisting of egg, larva, pupa and adult. Most fleas over winter in the larval or pupal stage survive and grow best during warm, moist winters and spring. This is when they try to get into our homes.

Your pet does not have to be outside to get fleas. They can be brought in on your own clothing or attire. If you find that you have fleas on your pet, they are most likely laying thousands of eggs in your house. Which means it is very important to sanitze and treat your house and bedding. Flea control is best achieved with strict sanitation, pet treatment and environmental treatment (both indoors & outdoors).

VACCUM VACCUM VACCUM, If you have a vaccum with a bag, throw it away when you are done vacumming. treat your pet with your veterinarians preffered flea preventative, It is important to bathe your pet (within the restrictions of the prevention you apply.) Bathing regularly is good to remove the flea dirt and eggs that are irritating your pets skin. If your pet is losing hair or is having a reaction to the fleas, make an appointment to see your veterinarian. It is possible your pet may need oral antibiotics and/or antihistamines.

Research indicates larvae spend 83 percent of the time deep in the carpet at the base of fibers frequently becoming entwined within the carpet. Vacuum especially where lint and pet hairs accumulate along baseboards, around carpet edges, on ventilators, around heat registers, in floor cracks, and under and in furniture where the pet sleeps.

Wash all bedding, if your pet sleeps with you, strip your bed and wash it as much as you can. If your pet has its own bedding, throw that in the washer as well. There are sprays you can use for in the house, but consult your veterinarian before doing so. In some cases you may need to call an exterminator to bomb your house.

It is very important to use flea and tick preventative all year round. In the winter these nasty little fleas try to get into your home. And once they do, it may be hard to control and evict them.

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