Fleas can cause the following medical problems:
If your pet injects a flea while grooming his or herself, your pet could be infected with the immature tapeworm that fleas carry. These long flat worm parasites attach to the wall of the intestines and feed there. One sure sign of tapeworms is the “white rice” you may find on your pets coat underneath he tail. These are tapeworm segments and they can also be found in your pets bedding. If you see them, take your pet to your veterinarian as soon as possible to get rid of these pests.
Fleas are the no.1 cause of allergies in dogs and cats. As fleas bite they inject saliva underneath the skin, an irritation that can lead to miserable scratching, hair loss, and infection. If you pet is scratching see your veterinarian to seek help.
Pets suffering from flea bites can develop dermatitis, or inflammation of the skin setting up your pet for infections. Antibiotics and shampoo therapy can rid your pet of this problem, but left untreated your pet may become increasingly uncomfortable.
Fleas get their nutrition from ingesting your pet’s blood, and in large numbers they can so much that a small dog or puppy can die as a result of blood loss. It is very important to keep your pet flea free.
REMEMBER TREAT YOUR HOUSE AND YOUR YARD TOO. Fleas lay several thousand eggs and can live for months without food. Every female will lay several thousand more eggs, which can survive for years in carpeting, wood floors and furniture until they hatch and reinfest your pet and home. Make sure you vacuum several times a week and use only foggers and sprays that combine insect growth regulators with an insecticide, and are pet safe. Allow chemicals to dry before coming in contact with your pet.
Did you know that fleas can jump 150 times their body length and some species can leap 36” high? One female flea can consume 15 times their weight in blood each day.