Fleas can cause problems for pets ranging from the very minor irritant to the cause of life-threatening conditions. These parasites can cause severe itching, irritation and allergies as well as transmit tapeworms and other diseases. In many cases they can actually suck enough blood to cause life-threatening anemia, a condition all too often seen in kittens and older dogs and cats. The vast majority of fleas infesting pets in North America today are the cat flea (Ctenocephalides felis). This species of flea can infest dogs, cats, ferrets, mice, as well as many other species of animals. Fleas don’t just live on pets; often they can bite people, too. You don’t want these blood-sucking parasites on your pet or in your home.
Today there is a wide variety of safe and effective flea control products available, both oral and topical, to combat this unwanted pest. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff can advise you on the best products to use in your particular situation. For more information, contact us or see the article on fleas in the Pet Health Library on our site. Please call us today to find out how you can prevent or eradicate fleas in your pet’s environment or to start your pet on a preventive flea medication.