What's That Crawling On Me?

posted: by: Josh Tags: "Clinic Specials" "News" 

Did you feel that?  Something just crawled through my hair.  There it goes again. 

*scratch, scratch, scratch*

Fleas are out and getting worse.  The truth is fleas can be found all year but the worst time for them is Autumn.  As the weather cools animals outside such as opossums and raccoons get more active as they prepare for a long winter.  They move about more frequently increasing a fleas opportunities to hop off and find a nice host to bring them in to a better winter climate.

Flea populations can overwhelm our homes very quickly so we need to do our best to prevent them before they start.  Did you know that just one flea can lay more than 25 eggs per day?  Did you also know that for every flea you see on your pet statistically there are 19 others in the environment?  That's right, only five percent of the flea population is on the pets.  The rest exists in different life stages within the environment.  This is why using products like flea shampoo doesn't get rid of fleas.  Sure it kills the adults that are on the pet, but it misses the other 95%.  Be sure to use a good topical product such as Vectra, Trifexis, Comfortis or Frontline to keep the fleas under control.

Please call us with any questions you may have regarding fleas or any other parasite and we will be happy to help.