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Flea Season | Atlanta Flea Control

April 7th, 2015

Flea season is just around the corner. Getting rid of them when they arrive is not only torture for your beloved pets but you as well. Being on the offensive in an effort to get those pesky fleas before they get you may be the best approach.

Fleas thrive in warm, humid environments where the temperature ranges from 65-80 degrees.  Similar to misquotes or bed bugs, they feed on the blood of their hosts. Ironically, dogs play host to the cat flea (Ctenocephalides felis). It has a brown or black body and is one to three millimeters in length. Additionally, Fleas can jump 10,000 times in a row (the length of three football fields). Their generally live for about two to three months. Usually you will find fleas on the abdomen, the base of the tail or on the head.

What to look for

Signs of fleas in dogs include:

Droppings or “flea dirt” in a dog’s coat

Flea eggs on the dog or in the dog’s environment

Allergic dermatitis

Excessive scratching, licking or biting at skin

Hair loss

Scabs and hot spots

Pale gums and

Tapeworms

It is also important to consider the potential complications of a flea infestation. Other than making dogs itch, they can consume 15 times their weight in blood. This could result in anemia and significant blood loss for your dog. If your dog is allergic to the saliva of fleas, just one bite can cause a reaction. If you notice red spots on your dog where the skin is just raw, this flea allergy dermatitis. If not treated it can lead to infections.

If your pet has fleas it is not enough to just treat it with medication. You home will not be safe from fleas. You will need to wash everything in your home. So avoid the hassle and the headache and start with a flea prevention program now.

http://www.consumeraffairs.com/news/flea-season-is-approaching-time-to-protect-your-pets-031115.html

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