Flea & Tick Survival Guide

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What Is the Best Flea Treatment for Dogs?
By Lindsay Schencker Now more than ever is the time to be proactive about pest prevention. Flea and tick season is at its peak in summertime, so you’ll want to ensure your dog stays safe. It's important to keep in mind that your pet can also be affected by fleas and ticks indoors. So, even if your pet barely heads outside, he's still at high risk from all of the pests that make their...
Tea Tree Oil for Fleas: Is It Safe?
Fleas are itchy and uncomfortable for our pets, but they are easily preventable. Options to protect your pet from fleas include collars, topical treatments, and chewable tablets. Nowadays, some of these preventatives last as long as 12 weeks. Some pet parents opt to use natural topical flea treatments, such as tea tree oil. However, tea tree oil can be toxic for pets if ingested or used...
Anaplasmosis in Dogs
Anaplasmosis in Dogs
Finding a tick on your dog is upsetting for a number of reasons. First, it can be upsetting, especially when the tick has been feeding for a while and is engorged like a bloodsucking raisin. More importantly, ticks carry a variety of diseases that can be passed to both dogs and humans. While many people are familiar with Lyme disease, anaplasmosis is a lesser-known but also significant tick-borne...
What is Flea Dirt?
What is Flea Dirt?
There’s no denying it—fleas are gross. They can multiply quickly and infest your pet, causing him to feel uncomfortable for days or weeks on end until the infestation is properly treated. If your dog or cat has never had fleas before, but you’ve noticed him scratching more than usual, one way to confirm a flea infestation is to look for the presence of flea dirt. “Flea dirt is the feces...
4 Surprising Flea Diseases You Need to Know
By Lynne Miller It’s easy to dismiss fleas. Unlike ticks, which are famous for causing Lyme disease in dogs and people, fleas don’t seem all that threatening. Mostly, we see the tiny bloodsuckers as a nuisance for pets and for us, not a serious threat to anyone’s health. However, fleas can transmit a surprising number of diseases to animals and humans. Fleas can cause serious harm to you...
6 Facts About Flea Larvae You Need to Know
By Matt Soniak “For every one flea you see on a dog or cat, there’s nine more out in the environment that you’re not seeing,” says Dr. Craig Prior, medical director of the VCA Murphy Road Animal Hospital in Nashville and president-elect of the Companion Animal Parasite Council. I wish I’d met Prior a few years ago when I had to deal with many pet parents’ worst enemy. Both my cats got...