How do fleas affect my pet?
-Anemia - Anemia may occur in pets if too many fleas suck their blood. The signs Of anemia include pale gums, weakness and lethargy in your pet.
-Flea Allergy Dermatitis (FAD) - When a flea bites your dog or cat, it deposits a small amount of saliva in the skin. Your pet can develop FAD in reaction to this saliva, which causes severe itching. In addition to your pet scratching or biting excessively around the tail, groin or backside, scabs or bumps may also appear on your pet's neck or back.
-Tapeworm (Dipylidium caninum) - Dogs or cats may become infected with tapeworms by ingesting an infected flea. Pets may have intense anal itching, and tapeworm segments may be see around the anal area or in the feces.
-What can I do to prevent fleas living on my pet?
Flea prevention products are available in a several forms (Topical, Oral and Flea collars).
Check with our office to see which one is best for your own situation. Some products are a liquid that can be applied to the pet monthly. Some products are in a pill form and are also taken monthly. Some are in treat form. For the health of your pet, we recommend keeping your pet on flea prevention year round.
*Some text are courtesy of www.merial.com.