Not-So-Fascinating Facts About Fleas and Ticks

Did you know that fleas can pull 160,000 times their own weight? That’s proportionally more weight than you pulling a skyscraper! Did you also know that fleas can jump 30,000 times repeatedly without stopping! Talk about Leg Day! While these facts can be fascinating, fleas feasting on your pet are not. Both fleas and ticks can make life for your dog or cat pretty miserable.

What Is It Like for a Pet with Fleas?
A day in the life for a pet with fleas can be both physically and mentally uncomfortable and draining. As your dog falls into a deep slumber and finally reaches REM sleep when he begins to dream, he will be startled awake by flea bites followed by an irresistible need to scratch. He’ll wake up, scratch his ears, around his collar, maybe chew on his lower back above his tail, then snuggle down again. Of course, this cycle happens over and over again throughout his sleep.
And fleas don’t just keep your dog or cat from receiving rest. They will continue to bite throughout the day, each time your pet will stop, scratch or chew, and carry on. One flea can bite your pet 400 times per day and lay up to 50 eggs per day. Can you imagine how many daily bites that can lead to? It’s no wonder so many dogs and cats end up with bald patches and areas of their skin that they chew raw. 
This problem is even worse for cats and dog with flea allergies.
Fleas don’t just bother your pet, they prevent your pet from enjoying his day-to-day activities. They bother pet owners, too. Fleas can be costly and difficult to get rid of. Only 5% of fleas live on your pet, the rest hide throughout your home in the carpet and bedding. And here’s another fact, it takes two to three weeks for flea eggs to hatch, making the infestation reappear after one finally thinks they’ve solved the problem.

Ticks Can Cause Serious Damage to a Pet’s Health, Too

Ticks also cause discomfort for pets and lead to severe illnesses such as Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Lyme’s Disease. These arachnids can practically be microscopic when they first a hitch a ride on your pup, but soon enough, they will fill with blood and drop off. 
Fleas and ticks can lead to anemia, internal parasites like tapeworms, diseases, and infection.

Here are the real facts:

  • Ticks often hop on a dog or cat after clinging to stalks and grass.
  • Ticks love areas where deer and other wild animals live.
  • Ticks go through four life stages and live up to three years.
  • Fleas can jump 150 times their height.
  • There are 2,000 species of fleas. The cat flea is the most common.
  • Fleas can survive 1-2 weeks without eating.
  • Ticks can cause a disease called Alpha-gal which causes human to form an allergy to red meat.

How Can You Prevent Your Pet from Getting Fleas and Ticks?

We know there are endless ‘natural’ solutions out there for fleas and ticks, but none will completely safeguard your pet. Just one tick can infect your dog or cat with a painful and life-threatening disease. The same is true of fleas. If your dog or cat swallows a flea with tapeworms, they will likely contract tapeworms (an owner's least favorite problem to deal with).
If you’re considering essential oils, sprays, or homeopathic remedies for fleas and ticks, please consult with us first. We offer a wide range of safe and effective flea and tick preventions that will keep your pet safe and your home bug-free.
With adequate flea and tick prevention, you can enjoy the great outdoors worry-free with your pet this spring. (And these intriguing facts about fleas will be more fascinating than frightening!)

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