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.

Jo Fleming RVT, CVPM | Uncategorized

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