Fleas & Ticks

STOP THE FLEA LIFECYCLE

Eggs: Every day, female fleas lay a huge number of eggs (40 to 50) that drop from your
pet onto the floor and furnishings. In 1 to 10 days, they hatch, and 25% to 30% develop
into adult fleas.

Larvae: Thriving in warm, humid conditions, larvae hide deep in rugs, furniture, and
between floorboards. They feed on adult flea droppings and other animal debris that
drops from dogs and cats.

Pupae: Growing into adults inside little cocoons, pupae can stay inactive for long periods unaffected by temperature, drying, and insecticides, and will surface in response to heat, CO2, and movement.

Adult: Within 5 minutes, they start feeding. Females can consume 15 times their body weight in blood. They mate 4 to 48 hours after feeding and prefer to remain on host animal for life.

LEARN ABOUT EACH STAGE OF THE LIFECYCLE

Flea infestations in your home are something you never want once, let alone twice! You need to break the flea lifecycle permanently, to ensure a successful riddance of fleas.

It’s a scary thought that for every flea on your dog or cat, there may be at least nine more in your home. Adult fleas lay eggs which hatch into larvae and spread to carpets, between floorboards, in furniture, and in bedding (yours and your pets).

Just when you thought the coast was clear, it’s not uncommon to find a new family reinfesting your home days to weeks after your pet was treated. This can be caused by a change in temperature (turning up the central heating).

To break the flea lifecycle, consider using a flea treatment that offers extended protection. This not only kills all fleas at all stages in your pet’s direct surroundings, but also ensures that newly-hatched adult fleas that may have jumped onto your pet won’t live long. There are many products available, including those that offer protection beyond 1 month.

The most effective way to get rid of fleas is to treat ALL your pets at once. Your veterinarian can recommend the best flea control products for all the animals in your home.

ASK US HOW TO BREAK THE FLEA LIFECYCLE WITH THE RIGHT TREATMENT!

REFERENCES

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Is Flea & Tick Treatment Needed For My Pet?

The warmer the weather, the more fleas and ticks materialize, and these pesky critters bother more than just pets. Left untreated, they can cause serious illness and make your house unlivable.

“Fleas and ticks are dangerous to the health of pets,” says Dr. Jill Lopez, a veterinarian with Merck Animal Health. “For that reason, flea and tick protection is essential for all dogs and cats that live with you.”

FLEA FACTS

No one is safe from fleas. These tiny vampires can hitch a ride indoors on your socks and shoes or jump directly from the outdoors onto your pet.

They burrow into your pet’s fur and feed on your pet’s blood. Undigested blood is excreted in the form of small dark brown drops that can be found in the skin and fur of your pet. Once fed, they mate. The females lay eggs, which drop off your pet into your house and yard.

Continuous scratching is the first sign of fleas on a dog or cat. Light-colored pets or pets without a lot of fur on their belly are easier to check. Look for very tiny flat brown insects and little brown flecks. Scrape a few of the brown specks onto a paper towel, add a few droplets of water and smudge them. You will know if your pet has fleas if you see red dots or smears on the paper towel.

Bumps, a rash, raw red wet areas, hair loss around the base of the tail, and unpleasant odor can be signs of a severe flea infestation. Talk to your veterinarian if you notice
these signs

TICK TALK

Ticks hide in grass and then snag a ride on the closest warm human or animal. These bloodsuckers can transmit serious illnesses when they bite.

It’s not always obvious if you or your pet has been bitten. A tick spits out a local anesthetic once it latches on, so the victim does not feel the bite.

The number of legs on a tick depends on the stage of their life cycle; the larval stages have 6 legs. Ticks are miniscule, so they’re especially hard to locate on dogs with thick fur. Their bellies expand and become enlarged with blood as they feed.

Your veterinarian can demonstrate the best way to get rid of a tick. A dog with ticks can become anemic, and some ticks can cause serious illness while others can infest your home.

YEAR ROUND PROTECTION FOR YOUR PET

Ticks are active in more than just spring and summer. A heated home can serve as a warm breeding ground for fleas and some ticks. Wild outside animals in your yard can also keep ticks warm, so the problem of fleas and ticks is a year-round concern.

It’s vital to protect your pet year-round—even if your pet never leaves the house. People can inadvertently carry these pests into their home on their clothing or shoes.

ASK US ABOUT THE RIGHT PRODUCT TO COMBAT FLEAS AND TICKS ON YOUR PET AND IN YOUR HOME.

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