Flea & Tick Survival Guide

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

PetMD Editorial
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

PetMD Editorial
Oct 05,2010

[video:wistia|vr2vm4b8hs|true]   Tick Bite Paralysis in Dogs Ticks act as carriers of various diseases in animals, including in dogs. Tick paralysis, or tick-bite paralysis, is caused by a potent toxin that is released through the saliva of certain species of female tick and which is injected into the blood of the dog as the tick infests the skin of the dog. The toxin directly affects the nervous… Read More

PetMD Editorial
Oct 05,2010

Tick Bite Paralysis in Cats Tick paralysis, or tick-bite paralysis, is caused by a potent toxin that is released through the saliva of certain species of female tick and which is injected into the blood of a cat as the tick infests the cat's skin. The toxin directly affects the nervous system, leading to a group of nervous symptoms in the affected animal. The toxins released by ticks cause lower… Read More