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The Flea Market is Open!

Have you ever seen hair loss on your pet near the top of the tail? Are your pets itching and scratching more than before? Does your cat have small bumpy scabs around its head or on its back? If you answered 'yes' to any of these questions, it sounds like your pet needs a flea check!

 

A flea check can be done at home using a special flea comb or at the clinic during your next appointment. Things to look for include live fleas and small black specks throughout the haircoat. These small black specks are flea dirt, indicating either fleas living on your pet or in the environment around your pet.

 

Did you know that your pet can have fleas even in the winter? Flea life cycles slow in the winter, but don't completely stop, making this a year-round problem. This is why Claremont Animal Hospital recommends year-round flea and tick preventatives for its patients. There are many different products to choose from - ask us at your next appointment which would be right for your pet!

 

Did you know that 95% of the flea population is hiding in and around your home and not on your pet? The flea life cycle is made up of flea eggs, larvae, pupae, and adult fleas. Flea eggs are found in carpets, bedding, floorboards, and soil. Flea larvae and pupae can live both outside and inside. Inside, they are found in places where pets spend a lot of time like bedding, carpets, upholstered furniture, bed covers, and other areas. Outside, they are found in moist, shaded soil beneath shrubs and the soil bewteen joints of concerete walks and porches. Adult fleas living on your pet make up only about 5% of the flea population in your home.

 

In addition to being a nuisance for both you and your pet, fleas transmit intestinal parasites like tapeworms. Preventing a flea infestation from starting, with appropriate preventatives, can stop intestinal parasites from invading your pet. Help us to close the open Flea Markets in your home by stocking up on flea and tick preventatives today!