Flea season is just around the corner and pet owners should be especially vigilant to check for these nasty brown insects. Fleas prefer temperatures of 65-80 degrees and humidity levels of 75-85%. Dogs and cats often get infested with fleas through contact with other animals or with fleas in the environment. They have strong back legs and can jump from host to host or from the environment onto your pet. (Fleas do not have wings, so they cannot fly!) The flea’s bite can cause itching and for a sensitive or flea-allergic animal, this itching can be quite severe and can lead 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!
If you have noticed a flea problem, consider oral or topical treatments. I’d be glad to discuss the options for your pet.