Stay Flea-Free in May!

May 18, 2017

Stay Flea-Free in May!

The Risks of Fleas

Ohio has a particularly long flea and tick season, from March through December. This chart from the American Kennel Club shows how we compare to the rest of the country:

Flea Season

Besides being pests, fleas carry several risks for animals and humans, as listed below.

Flea Risks for Pets

Without flea preventive medication, cats and dogs can suffer from fleas in several ways:

  • Skin irritation – Intense itching and scratching can result in hair loss
  • Flea allergy dematitis – An unpleasant skin condition caused by an allerty to the fleas’ saliva
  • Anemia – Puppies and kittens are at the highest risk due to persistent blood loss
  • Tapeworm infestation – Fleas can carry tapeworm eggs inside their body. If a flea is ingested by your pet, they can become infested with tapeworms

Flea Risks for Humans

Fleas don’t discriminate between you and your pet. Any mammal is fair game! If your cat or dog becomes infested with fleas, the humans in your home may suffer from these risks:

  • Flea bites – can cause itching and soreness
  • Disease transmission – Cat-scratch disease can be transmitted through fleas, causing flu-like symptoms in humans

If you have any questions about fleas, or to get your pet started on a flea preventive, give us a call at (513) 829-8989.

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