By Shady Oak Vet and Pet’s and Parasites (http://www.petsandparasites.org/)
Fleas are the most common external parasite and they are most commonly found on dogs, because they go outside several times a day, whereas most cats remain indoors. That being said, fleas are easily brought in from outside. Dogs and cats often get infested with fleas through contact with other animals or contact with fleas in the environment.
Signs of fleas in dogs and cats:
- Droppings or “flea dirt” in your pet’s coat
- Flea eggs on your pet or in your pet’s environment
- Allergic dermatitis
- Excessive scratching, licking or biting at skin
- Hair loss
- Scabs and hot spots
- Pale gums
Treating fleas can be a long process because you have to not only treat your pet(s), but also their environment, your home. The best method for keeping fleas off your pet is by keeping your pet on a flea preventive. Even indoor-only pets are at risk because fleas can latch on to you or on a pet who goes outside.
Parasites can infect your pet any time of year. While external parasites (fleas and ticks) may be less of a problem during certain times of the year, internal parasites (worms) can be present year-round. That’s why it’s important to consider giving your pet preventative year-round.
Year-round preventative is the most reliable way to ensure the best protection for your pet and family. Many of us think that our pets are safe from these parasites during the winter, but pets are susceptible to flea and tick infections throughout the entire year. Flea preventives are safe and highly effective at controlling fleas and the diseases they carry. Call us to get your pet protected today! And don’t hesitate to ask us any questions you might have.