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The transition from summer to fall is a favorite time of year for many…lower temperatures, football, and, of course, pumpkin spice. It’s also the favorite time of year of our not so close friend, the flea. As last week marked the kickoff to football season, so does it mark the kickoff to flea season. Booooo!!!
Did you know that we fight a $4 Billion war on fleas? Here’s some information and ways to help you win this yearly battle.
Fleas Are No Joke!
Fleas thrive when the temperature is between 65-80 degrees and with low humidity. Most pet owners assume that fleas start to die off when temps cool. Groomers and vets agree that this assumption is what leads to an infestation when the pet owner stops giving the preventative treatments.
Once fleas have found a happy home, it becomes extremely difficult to eliminate them completely.
Ticks. Just the word alone makes me think of old B-Rated horror films that portray these nasty blood suckers. And with good reason. Just the thought of something as disgusting as a bug, resembling a spider, attached to your skin, sucking your blood like a vampire can give even the bravest of people the heebie-jeebies.
Ticks, like fleas (Covered in Part 1), are resilient and crafty. They live in the deep woods, suburbia and urban neighborhoods. Besides being miniature Dracula’s, ticks can carry very serious and debilitating diseases – the most common is Lyme’s Disease. A fantastic resource regarding ticks and how they affect your pooch is on the amazing website Dogs and Ticks
If you don’t have the time or the subject makes you all-together queasy, I’ll cover the basics and avoid the gore!
Yay!! We can finally feel that warm weather coming back. The sun is shining, the trees and flowers are blooming. Everyone feels great with all the vitamin D we are getting. But there is something in the shadows…lurking and waiting.
With spring in the air, the armies of tiny predators that come to feast on your fur babies are back and are mounting a nearly invisible attack on those you love.