Does My Pet Have Fleas?

ScratchingDogIf you notice your dog or cat endlessly scratching, or licking and chewing at his or her paws, your first thought might not be, “Does my pet have fleas?” but it should be.

Fleas are small parasites that feast on the blood of animals and people. When their saliva comes in contact with the skin, it can cause an allergic reaction that includes itching, redness, swelling and irritation. Once fleas get established on your pet and in your home, it’s not long before everyone is miserable.

If you have ever battled fleas, you know how difficult they can be to get rid of. And you’ve also probably learned how important it is to prevent a flea problem in the first place.

But if this is your first time dealing with fleas, don’t lose hope. While treating a flea-infested pet and home can be somewhat costly and time consuming, it is a battle that can be won. Continue…