Spring is upon us and so are the bugs! Part I: Fleas

Here’s some information on what you need to know about potential parasitic threats to our furry friends and how to protect them.

Fleas

Although your pets can get fleas at any time of the year, pets tend to be at higher risk of getting fleas during the spring through fall. Here are some examples of ways your pet can catch fleas:

  • From other cats and dogs that your pet encounters at places such as parks, day cares, boarding facilities, and training classes.
  • From wildlife such as rabbits, skunks, birds and raccoons.
  • From a new home or apartment. Fleas can survive for months in carpeting or in the cracks between the boards of hard wood floors.

Fleas aren’t just a nuisance to people and their pets, they can cause serious disease in our cats and dogs. The following is a list of diseases caused by flea bites:

  • Flea Allergic Dermatitis
  • Flea Anemia
  • Feline Infectious Anemia
  • Cat Scratch Fever/Bartonellosis (a disease that cats can get from fleas and transmit to humans)
  • Tapeworm infection

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Luckily, flea infestations are easy to prevent. Many products are available that have been scientifically researched for safety and efficacy.

Here is a list of products that are available at our hospital for the treatment and prevention of flea infestation in dogs and cats:

  • Revolution
  • Frontline
  • Ceftifect (dogs only)
  • Capstar
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