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Itchy pet? Now is the time for flea prevention

Published: April 23rd, 2014

Category: Uncategorized

What bothers you most? When your pet scratches so much his rattling tags keep you up all night? Is it the “thump, thump, thump” of her back leg on the floor that makes sleep impossible for you both? Or maybe it’s just knowing that your best friend is miserable because he can’t get comfortable?

The majority of pets don’t have fleas – but many have been bitten because fleas are everywhere. Fleas live outdoors in warm weather. They can live indoors too– even in really clean homes – year-round in any climate. Fleas will gladly hitch a ride on your pet into your house. And all it takes is one fleabite (specifically the flea’s saliva), to set off a full-blown skin allergy. They may scratch their sides and neck or even lick their paws until they’re red and painful.

If a flea has bitten your pet and the bite is not treated, you have three potential problems on your hands:

  1. A bite can develop into a full-blown skin infection, making life for your pet miserable.
  2. Fleas may infest your house. Remember, fleas just take a quick “blood meal” when they bite your pet. The rest of their lives are spent in your house – and flea eggs can lay dormant in carpets, on floors, or in the sofa for months to years.
  3. How do you prevent your cat or dog from bringing home more fleas?

We’re experts on flea allergies and flea prevention. You can count on us to help stop the flea problem. Prevention is simple and affordable. Schedule your pet’s annual checkup and let’s talk about the best options for keeping the whole family (both furry and human) flea free. Call us at 352-392-2235 and make your appointment today.