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Jennifer Kvamme, DVM
Jun 14,2011

By Jennifer Kvamme, DVM Summertime is prime time for blood-sucking ticks, and your pets are walking targets for these arachnids (related to spiders and mites) to attach to and feed from. In order to prevent ticks and the potential diseases they carry, it helps to understand how these creatures develop. There are two broad classifications for the more than 850 species of ticks. They are classed by… Read More

Jennifer Kvamme, DVM
Jun 13,2011

Image via Christian Buch/Shutterstock.com By Jennifer Kvamme, DVM In parts of the world where winter temperatures fall below 35°C for more than 40 hours per month, households and pets get a bit of a break from flea activity. But as the weather begins to warm in the springtime, you may be visited by some uninvited guests. Fleas become most active when temperatures are favorable (35°C with a… Read More

Jennifer Kvamme, DVM
Jun 13,2011

How to Inspect and Remove Fleas from Your Cat By Jennifer Kvamme, DVM When springtime brings warm weather, you may be visited by some uninvited guests. Fleas become most active when temperatures are favorable (35°C and a relative humidity of 70 percent are ideal conditions for flea populations). In parts of the world where winter temperatures fall below this for more than 40 hours per month,… Read More

Jennifer Kvamme, DVM
May 20,2011

By Jennifer Kvamme, DVM Treating your pet for fleas, or trying to prevent flea infestations, can be confusing. This is partly because there are so many different options available and the fact that they work in various ways. Here, a basic review … Pyrethrins/Pyrethroids Certain species of the chrysanthemum flower have been used for hundreds of years as insecticides and repellants. The naturally… Read More

PetMD Editorial
Mar 02,2011

Image via iStock.com/dimarik When pet owners are asked what they dread most about the summer months, the topic that invariably comes up most is fleas! These small, dark brown insects prefer temperatures of 65-80 degrees and humidity levels of 75-85 percent—so for some areas of the country, fleas on dogs are more than just a summer problem. In many areas of the southern United States, fleas can… Read More