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Flea and Tick Prevention
Flea and Tick Control

April 20, 2010

Fleas: What you need to know about flea control


Diseases caused by fleas

Scratching is just the beginning.

Excessive scratching may be the first sign that your pet has an annoying flea problem. But it may also indicate a larger health issue. Fleas can cause a wide range of diseases that deprive your pet of energy, cause sores and affect overall health, such as:

Flea Allergy Dermatitis - Excessive biting or scratching around the tail, groin, backside, neck or back possibly producing scabs or bumps.

Plague - High fever, dehydration and enlarged lymph nodes.

Tapeworm - Intense anal itching or tapeworm segments around the anal area or in the feces.

Anemia - Pale gums, weakness and lethargy.

Cat Scratch Disease - Few symptoms in cats but can be passed on to people.


What to do about fleas

Fleas are a health hazard for pets and a nuisance for you. Fortunately there are steps you can take to make sure your pet and your home are protected.

Begin with either Frontline Plus or K9 Advantix/Advantage. It kills fleas already on your pet and helps prevent new fleas from settling in. It's also important to:

Ticks: Powerful protection from dangerous ticks

Ticks are more than a nuisance - ticks may transmit serious diseases such as Lyme disease or Rocky Mountain spotted fever to you and your pet. Ticks must be taken seriously. Ticks can transmit diseases that actually threaten your pet's life. Lyme disease, probably the best known tick disease, can be treated well with antibiotics if diagnosed. Other tick related diseases are more dangerous.

Diseases caused by ticks 

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever - Fever, loss of appetite, coughing, bruising, lameness, depression, vomiting and diarrhea. Infects dogs and people.

Ehrlichiosis - Fever, depression, lameness and loss of appetite.

Lyme Disease - Lameness, fever, loss of appetite, fatigue and enlarged lymph nodes. Infects dogs and people.

Babesiosis - Fever, loss of appetite and anemia. This is a serious disease that can result in coma or death. 

Contact your veterinarian if you notice any of the above symptoms.  

To kill ticks on your pets, we recommend either Frontline or K9 Advantix. These products start killing ticks upon contact. Up to 100% of all ticks in all life stages are killed within 48 hours of application. The ticks that may pose a threat to your dog can depend on your location.

Even though your cat may be indoor-only, a flea and tick product is still recommended. Although your pet may not go outside, you, or other pets in the household may bring fleas into the home. These fleas may infest the untreated cat or lead to a flea infestion in the house.