Flea & Tick Survival Guide

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How Dangerous Are Fleas?
by David F. Kramer What Are Fleas?Fleas are a class of wingless insects from the order Siphonaptera; they are parasites that live exclusively by hematophagy, the consumption of blood from a host organism. There are more than 2,000 species of fleas, and through evolution they have adapted to feeding on an extremely specific variety of hosts. There are cat fleas, dog fleas, and human fleas, as well...
About the Wood Tick
About the Wood Tick
Wood Tick - Dermacentor variabilisThe Wood tick, also known as the American dog tick or just plain dog tick, is a particularly worrisome species of tick that carries several diseases that are dangerous to humans and pets. The wood tick is one of the most common carriers of diseases among dogs, most notably Rocky Mountain spotted fever, tularemia (Rabbit Fever), and tick paralysis. Wood ticks are...
Is It Safe for Your Cat to Eat Bugs?
By David F. Kramer You don’t have to be a cat or dog aficionado to know just how different these two species are—the signs are all around us. While dogs are considered “man’s best friend” and have been domesticated, the social contract between cats and people has a few gray areas. It’s as if cats considered our offer of being fed and having a warm place to sleep and answered, “Ok,...
9 Home Remedies for Fleas and Ticks That Don’t Work
Reviewed and updated for accuracy on June 3, 2019, by Dr. Hanie Elfenbein, DVM, PhD Many dog owners and animal lovers who wouldn't hurt a fly are happy to make an exception for fleas and ticks. And while flea and tick medications are the most effective preventative strategies that you can use during tick and flea season, some people are likely tempted to try home remedies and alternative methods...
Surviving Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever: One Dog’s Story
By Geoff Williams Before they married, Angelo and Diana Scala knew they would get a dog and that it would be a Boxer. Sure enough, almost right after their wedding they picked their Boxer Louie from a breeder's litter. When they brought the eight-week old puppy to their home in Downers Grove, Ill., in the waning days of 2010, strangers and neighbors never failed to comment on what a beautiful...
Flea Habitats at Home
Flea Habitats at Home
Knowing where fleas live, both in and around your home, can help you cut off an infestation at the source. See our step-by-step guide to making your house inhospitable to fleas. You won't be sorry!