The beautiful hot and humid Australian Summer weather has well and truly arrived! Here are a few things to remember to keep your pet happy, healthy and safe this summer.

Parasites
In the hot summer months parasites like fleas, ticks and worms thrive and can be detrimental to your pet’s health. It is important to keep flea treatments up to date, even if you don’t see any fleas on your pet. It is much easier to prevent a flea outbreak rather than eradicate one. Also be sure to use tick prevention, especially if you live in a tick area. The deadly paralysis tick can kill a pet within days, so be sure to use a tick treatment product and check your pet daily. With more mosquitoes around during summer it means that there is a higher risk of heartworm being transmitted, so be sure to stay compliant with your pets heartworm prevention. Also make sure your pet’s intestinal worming program is up to date.

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flea-4blogFleas are the most common pest to bother pets and drive pet owners crazy. But did you know that they are actually very impressive little creatures.

The following are some interesting and quirky facts about fleas that you may not know;
* A flea can jump over 30cm high.
* Fleas can consume 15 times their own body weight in blood.
* They can survive for more than 100 days without food/blood.
* They have no ears and are practically deaf.
* Fleas can revive themselves after one year of being frozen.
* They can jump over 30,000 times without stopping.
* With every jump they will reverse direction.
* Fleas can pull up to 160,000 times their own weight.
* You can usually only see 5% of the flea population at a time.
* Flea circuses originated in the 1830’s but mostly died out by the 1940’s, with only a few still around today. A flea circus was an attraction where fleas were made to perform or look like they were performing tricks such as kicking balls, pulling miniature carts or rotating wheels.

If you would like more information on fleas or flea control and eradication please visit the vet-n-pet DIRECT Help Centre at http://help.vetnpetdirect.com.au.

Until next time,
Bec


It’s Springtime, so this season don’t forget to treat and prevent those nasties that affect our pets.

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Flea infestations can have a detrimental affect on your pets health.  Apart from being unbearably itchy the constant biting and rubbing can cause flea allergy dermatitis, broken skin and infections.  A severe flea or tick infestation can cause a pet to become anemic and very ill.   The paralysis tick can be very dangerous when it attaches to a dog or cat.  It affects the nervous system and causes paralysis, which if left untreated it can quickly lead to death.

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Fleas have been around for millions of years and there are more than 2,000 species of them on our planet. Voraciously hungry, they will seek out any warm-blooded animal for food. Although the bites usually cause minor itching and irritation, flea bite allergies are common. It only takes one flea bite to trigger an allergic reaction. Fleas are carriers of the dog tapeworm, which the dog picks up when it grooms itself and eats a mature flea with a tapeworm cyst. 

Thankfully, there are safe and effective spot on flea treatments for both cats and dogs available at vet-n-pet DIRECT, which provide excellent results at keeping fleas in check. There are spot on flea treatments that repel and kill ticks, so if ticks are a concern in your area, look for one of these combined products.  

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It is a common dog owner’s dilemma: your dog has started to scratch, bite and/or lick, and it is only getting worse with time. The first thing that comes to mind is that the dog has fleas. Fleas are the most common reason that dogs scratch, bite and lick at themselves. It is easy to detect the presence of fleas, because they are dark in colour and approximately as large as a pinhead. When you part the dog’s fur, you can see the fleas as they crawl around on the dog’s skin. Another way to see them is to place your dog on a white sheet or towel and brush the fur. Check the fabric and if fleas are the problem, they will be visible. Flea bite allergies are also very common. It only takes one flea bite to trigger an allergic reaction. There are a number of safe and effective spot on flea treatments and shampoos, available at vet-n-pet DIRECT that provide excellent results at keeping fleas in check.

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