Hectorial May 1, 2015

Are you protected for fleas?

Are you protected for fleas?

Good day to all my friends. I apologize for being away for so long. I’ve been on another hiatus as it were, but I am back and ready for the blogging world again! Today’s blog will be concerning fleas… yes, that’s right, that monster nobody sees hiding in the dark. Are you afraid yet? MOL (meowing out loud)

So fleas, where do we start? How about with a kitty bit? Did you know that there are over 1900 flea species in the world? Isn’t that scary? Fear not, you and your pet need only be concerned with one: the cat flea or in Latin it is called Ctenocephalides felis. This small but annoying critter takes its’ meal from cats, dogs, rabbits and other furry critters. While the flea seems to be small, it can cause quite a bit of damage if left to multiply. What fleas do is bite your pet and suck their blood… the little vampires! On average, the time period from egg to adult flea is about three weeks.

Some of the damage they may cause includes:

  • Flea allergic dermatitis
  • Flea anemia
  • Feline infectious anemia
  • Cat scratch fever (Bartenellosis)
  • Tapeworm infection (what my co-workers see the most)

Don’t panic! Just do as I say and all will be well. My recommendation is to use prevention. I have the humans here apply a topical treatment monthly during the fleas’ busiest months and this depends on the weather, they don’t like to freeze!

If you have questions, don’t hesitate to ask my staff!

Many purrs,

Hector T. Cat

P.S. During the month of May, my staff have a special offer for bonus Air Miles when you purchase a 6 pack of Revolution*, Advantage, Nexgard* and Sentinel*.

*Proof of exam required

 

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