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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Fleas--the signs, diseases and treatments

They're pesky, itchy and intrusive bloodsucking creatures and the disdain of pets and their owners. Fleas!
Our beloved Fluffy and Fido, Coco and Channel, Annie and Bobbie depend on us to pay attention to our environment, routine care, and lifestyle choices to protect them.

According to Dr. Patrick Mahoney, integrative veterinarian who writes for the Daily Vet, flea eggs take merely six weeks to develop into adult fleas. 

Fleas lay eggs in clusters of approximately 20 at a time; one to two weeks are needed for eggs to hatch into larvae. Another one to two weeks are required for larvae to develop into pupae, and a final one to two weeks is needed for the adult flea emerge. So, only four to six weeks must pass for flea eggs to develop into adults.

Considering there are only 52 weeks in a year, this process is relatively quick. A single flea needs only to get onto your pet or into your home to start this process. You may not even know that this is happening unless your pet starts to clue you in on the annoying presence of fleas.
Click here to read the complete article.

1 comment:

  1. Yuk!! Pesky fleas - I'm feeling itchy just reading about them :)

    Wags to all

    Your pal Snoopy :)


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