Has your dog ever had a visit of un-invited fleas?
As dog owners, we dread this situation; but our furry companions dread it even more! It is more common during the summer time, that this happens. These small dark brown insects prefer temperature from 60-8 degrees and humidity levels of 75-85 percent.. so for some areas of the country they are more than just a “summer” problem. Dogs often get infested with fleas through contact with other animals or contact with fleas in the environment. The strong back legs of this insect enable it to jump from host to host or from the environment onto the host. (Fleas do not have wings, so they cannot fly!) The flea’s bite can cause itching for the host but for a sensitive or flea-allergic animal, this itching can be quite severe and leads to hair-loss, inflammation and secondary skin infections. Some pets, hypersensitive to the flea’s saliva, will itch all over from the bite of even a single flea! Continue reading