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Home FAQ Help - my doggy has fleas!

Help - my doggy has fleas!

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The adult fleas you see on your pet represent approximately 5% of the total flea population, and are only the tip of the infestation iceberg.

Fleas are not just a nuisance, they can actually affect your pets overall health. Fleas live on your pet and survive off of their blood. Besides your dog being absolutely miserable because of fleas, they can also cause parasites such as tapeworms.

The stages that take place leading to adult biting fleas begins with the eggs = 10 days -----> larvae = 12 days ----> pupae = 4-5 months ----> adult flea.

Did you know that the lifespan of a flea is 50 days? The fleas don’t always just stay on your dog, they also will live in your carpet, get on any other pets in the house, and in your car and lay eggs and multiply. You are lucky if they don’t feed off of you too. One flea is able to multiply to tens of thousands. Once your home is infested, it takes time and effort to get rid of all of them.

Although fleas are more common of a problem during the summer, they will also live in your home in the colder seasons because of their continual cycle of life.

We highly recommend treating the problem before it starts. Frontline Plusis an excellent treatment for fleas ( and ticks ). Once you put it on your dog, it will within 12 hours kill 100% of the fleas living on your pet, break the cycle of the eggs leading to fleas, and give them continuous protection for a month.

It is recommended to put on your calender a reminder to apply it every month. You can purchase Frontline from your vet, most pet supply stores and on line.

More about fleas If your home is already infested with fleas, it is recommended that along with treating your dog with Frontline that you also vacuum all around your home frequently, clean your dog’s bedding in hot water, and keep the area outside your home where your dog spends time clear of leaves and tall grass.

There are a few different things you can do to check your dog for fleas. The obvious You will simply witness them scratching and chewing themselves. You can then further look for them by using a flea comb. You will either find fleas or flea dirt. Flea dirt is red or rust colored.



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