Flea Problems in Pets
One important cause of scratching in pets is flea infestation. When a pet has fleas, closer examination of the pet’s hair coat will reveal adult fleas and small black specks known as flea dirt. Fleas have strong jointed legs that allow them to jump up to 150 times their body length. With their remarkable jumping skills, fleas are able to jump between hosts and their surroundings.Jumping great distances enables them to find a suitable host especially household pets and even people.
Fleas are present everywhere; they can survive in harsh conditions for long periods of time. Their eggs can remain dormant until such time that there are favorable environmental conditions for hatching and developing into adults.
A dog with a heavy flea population may suffer from simple itching to open sores, scaly skin, and a distinct smell. Some dogs even develop an allergic reaction to flea bites, a condition referred to as Flea Allergy Dermatitis. Fleas are also important carriers of tapeworms in dogs and cats.
Ask your Marietta, GA veterinary clinic for a flea medication that is safe for your pet.