May 19 2015

Dr. Browns Top 10 Reasons to use Flea Prevention


Ah, the smell of flowers, sounds of birds and the sight of your best friend scratching his fleas … spring is upon us! Below are Dr. Browns Top 10 Reasons to use flea prevention:

#10  They’re gross.

#9  They can bite humans as well.

#8  They lurk in your bedding, furniture and carpets.

#7  They carry diseases.

#6  Tapeworms, need I say more?

#5  Treatment is more costly than prevention. Do your pet (& yourself) a favor.

#4  One female flea has the ability to lay 50 eggs/day.  That equates to over 1,000 eggs in just 3 weeks.

#3  The Flea Life Cycle.  All of those eggs begin the life cycle and in 3 short weeks, they turn into adult fleas.  Which, you guessed, lay their own eggs!  That means in a mere 6 weeks, you could have as much as 1 million fleas invading your home.  Talk about a party!

#2  They can cause anemia.  Fleas can consume up to 15 times their body weight in blood each day.  Imagine a 40 lb preschooler consuming 600 lbs of candy!

and Dr. Browns Number 1 Reason is…

#1  FAD.  No, I’m not talking about the latest craze or trend.  FAD is a skin disease that stands for flea allergy dermatitis.  This means your pet has an allergy to the saliva from the fleas bite.  Symptoms include:  severe itching, hair loss & scabbing.  It is important to note that your pet does not have to be infested with these pests.  Sometimes, a single flea bite can cause itching for days!  More information on FAD can be found here:  FAD Q&A.

If your pet is not on a preventive, now is the time to start!  Our clinic offers both oral and topical medications.  As always, please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have.

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